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In Mac OS X there is a program called Console which shows a log of what operations the OS has been doing. This makes it easy to pinpoint errors for me is there an equal application on the windows distributions or as a download for the Windows OS?

Here how the console looks like in OS X:

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The Event Viewer might help. Search for Event Viewer using the start menu in Windows 7 or Vista, or run "eventvwr.msc" from the run box or command prompt.

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Actually eventviewer does the Job described but somehow it's very hard for me to pinpoint failures as the GUI is very bloated and searching for errors is pain in the a** – elhombre Mar 6 '10 at 16:19

Microsoft's free Process Explorer from the SysInternals suite may be what you are looking for:

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