Cannot get Event Viewer to work or start on Windows Server 2008

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Event Viewer
Windows Event Log
The OS is Windows Server 2008 (Standard) 64-Bit. I am having a problem viewing the Event Viewer. This is what happens when I click on the Event Viewer. Error Message - Event Log Service is unavailable. Verify that the service is running. Okay, so I go to the Services area. I look for Windows Event Log click on start and another Error Message - Windows could not start the Windows Event log service on (Server Name). Error 4201: The Instance name passed was not recognized as valid by a WMI data provider. I have try one or two troubleshooting steps but still having problems getting it to work again… Any solutions to get this working again would be great…

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Let's 1st try to boot it as clean Click Start >Run> msconfig, go Services tab & click Hide All Microsoft Services & make disable All third party Services. Now click Startup tab and Disable All startup items and click OK to follow restart 2008 Hope on next reboot the prob will be over. But if the prob persists, on Command line pass this as > sfc /scannow Check now ! Of course it does matter how u log Interactively / RDP !
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  • Voodooclanboy
    Hi all, Sedrick, first run a system file check and if problems cant be fixed then a repair install. Run a system file check to verify and repair your system files. To do this type cmd in search, then right click to run as administrator, then SFC /SCANNOW. Do update us again. Thank you Anil
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  • sedrick
    Hey guys I fix my problem This is what I did. I reboot to Safe Mode, went to a CMD prompt as an administrator type cd c:windowssystem32logfileswmi press enter Then I type rename rtbackup rtbackup2 press enter After that reboot to Normal boot and found my Event Viewer finally finally working. Wow!!! Once again thank you all for providing some feedback on this. Later Sedd
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