sxstrace error


  • I'm getting a side-by-side error, and I'm trying to diagnose it with sxstrace, but sxstrace gives me an error:

    Z:\>sxstrace trace -logfile:blah.etl
    StartTrace failed. Error message is:
    Access is denied.

    I'm a member of the Administrators group on the computer, which is all I thought I needed to run sxstrace. What other super powers does my account need in order to run sxstrace? Does the machine need to have VS on it? The machine is a base install of Vista plus Office.
    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 12:42 PM

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  • I created another account, and sxstrace works for that account. My account is a domain account, and I'm a member of Domain Admins, and DOMAIN\Domain Admins is a member of MACHINE\Administrators. I tried adding my account to MACHINE\Performance Log Users, but that didn't help. The new account was created on MACHINE and it's a member of the "Users" and "Performance Log Users" groups. I wasn't able to run sxstrace when my test account was just a member of Users and Administrators.

    The documentation for StartTrace ( makes it look like an account that's in the MACHINE\Administrators group should be able to start a trace session. Am I reading that wrong?
    Wednesday, April 25, 2007 1:18 PM
  • Same with me. But..


    Try this:

    Press "Start" -> " All Programs" -> "Accessories"


    you will get "Command Prompt" listed


    Then, Right click on "Command Prompt" -> select "Run as Administrator"




    • Proposed as answer by brainn Monday, June 23, 2008 6:59 PM
    Friday, February 08, 2008 3:58 AM