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On my Windows 7 Ultimate system the Event Log service does not start anymore. I get the response Error 2: Cannot find the file specified. I checked my system, but unfortunately I couldn't find any reason for this behavior. All log directories exists (System32\winevt). It could be a permission problem at one of these directories.

Also sfc /scannow can't find any reason (successfully).

The bad thing is, that all dependent services also stopped working:

  • Task Manager
  • Cd/Dvd Rom drives
  • other drivers

Does anybody have any idea on how to fix this?

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migrated from Jun 24 '11 at 12:14

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Error 2

If you have the above error (Cannot find the file specified) when trying to start the windows event log, then have no fear, for I may have the solution. If you have tried everything else online, then try this fix. Open up regedit, and delete the following key:


Basically, a hotfix (not sure which) malforms that registry key, rendering the event log useless.

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It can also be sign of malware – Sean Jun 26 '11 at 2:18

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