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Deleting Log Files Safely

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  • I've used this batch file for years in Windows 7, with no ill effect.

    I thought I would ask if it is safe to run it in WDP also.

    It simply clears all of the logs in Windows.

    I like to boot with a empty slate and then check to see what happened during the session

    without combing though a week or more of logs.

     

    Here is the 'code?'

    @echo off
    FOR /F "tokens=1,2*" %%V IN ('bcdedit') DO SET adminTest=%%V
    IF (%adminTest%)==(Access) goto noAdmin
    for /F "tokens=*" %%G in ('wevtutil.exe el') DO (call :do_clear "%%G")
    echo.
    echo Event Logs have been cleared! ^<press any key^>
    goto theEnd
    :do_clear
    echo clearing %1
    wevtutil.exe cl %1
    goto :eof
    :noAdmin
    echo You must run this script as an Administrator!
    echo ^<press any key^>
    :theEnd
    pause>NUL

     

    Monday, January 30, 2012 10:15 PM

Answers

  • I ran the batch file. There were no errors and it seemed to work quite well.

     

     

    • Marked as answer by windunce Wednesday, February 1, 2012 12:02 AM
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:55 PM

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  • Hello windunce,

    Do you get an error message when you try to run the script?
    If so, please provide the error message here.

    Thanks,
    Marilyn
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 7:49 PM
    Moderator
  • Hello windunce,

    Do you get an error message when you try to run the script?
    If so, please provide the error message here.

    Thanks,
    Marilyn


    No, I have yet to run the batch file.

    I was 'afraid?' that I might screw something up.

    But I guess I will try it anyway. For something is once again screwed up.

    The screw up is as follows. 

    Twice now I have chosen to change to making Windows 7 as the default OS

    from the Metro/WDP blue dual-boot screen options.

    Each time, upon re-boot, I am greeted with the old style black boot-manager.

     

    Then upon refreshing I am back to the blue WDP boot screen, but for this next

    refresh, I will be quite aware of what folders to save so that getting my tweaks

    back will be quite a bit quicker!

     

    What seems just a bit strange to me is that it 'seems?' as if WDP loads 99% of

    the OS just to get to that blue dual-boot screen, for when i choose to open

    WDP as the OS I arrive at the Log-On screen nearly instantaneously.

     

    Whereas if I choose to boot to Win7 from the blue bootmanager, the computer actually

    shuts down and restarts and then loads the Win7 boot loader program to proceed to Win7 logon.

     

    I am now in Win7. I will reboot and load WDP, run the batch file and then edit this post

    and report if there where any errors while running it.

    Thanks

    Windunce

     

    ps...I finally got that left-edge program 'pop out' to work with my mouse. Nice!

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:20 PM
  • I ran the batch file. There were no errors and it seemed to work quite well.

     

     

    • Marked as answer by windunce Wednesday, February 1, 2012 12:02 AM
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:55 PM