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I have no idea why this is happening, but neither vent viewer nor task scheduler work on my PC. I have posted this as one question because I bet it is related.

Thank you.

Here is the error I get when I try to run "Windows Event Log" service I get this error. enter image description here

Here is a screen shot of the errors in Event Viewer and Task Scheduler. enter image description here

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Did you check the services list properly? There's Windows Event Collector which AFAIK is set to Manual by default, and Windows Event Log, which is set to Automatic by default. – Karan Oct 16 '12 at 1:28
@Karan Thank you, I think that helped my narrow down the problem. I have updated the question with more information. – Sponge Bob Oct 16 '12 at 2:13
Try deleting C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup (might need to reboot into Safe Mode first), as detailed here. – Karan Oct 16 '12 at 2:29
Thanks, I got to that same conclusion myself. And it does work. I had to do it from windows cd though, I couldn't do it while booted (even in safe mode!). If you write up an answer with all of this I will vote it best answer. – Sponge Bob Oct 16 '12 at 2:31
Posted answer as requested. :) – Karan Oct 16 '12 at 3:07
up vote 1 down vote accepted

The reason for this seems to be corrupted (log) files and/or broken permissions.

Fix 1 (Source)

  1. Reboot into Safe Mode using msconfig

  2. Run cmd.exe as Administrator

  3. Type cd C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI (assuming C:\Windows is where Windows is installed)

  4. Type ren RtBackup RtBackup2

  5. Use msconfig again to switch to normal boot mode

  6. Reboot, verify that the Windows Event Log service has started and check the Event Viewer

Note: If Safe Mode does not work, you might need to do this from the Setup disc's System Recovery Command Prompt, or from any LiveCD/DVD/USB.

Fix 2 (Source)

  1. Start Windows in Safe Mode

  2. Open the Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI folder

  3. Right-click on the RtBackup folder and choose Properties

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  4. Click the Security tab, and click the Edit button

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  5. Click Add

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  6. Type SYSTEM and hit Enter

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  7. Set Full control Permission to Allow

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  8. Click OK, and then Yes when asked for confirmation

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  9. Restart Windows in normal mode, verify that the Windows Event Log service has started and check the Event Viewer

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