Hey I accidentally deleted windows logs I needed but I havent wrote anything to the disk and I have a third party file restore program so I was wondering if anyboddy knew the file extension of windows event logs if it was .doc or .log I can't seem to find what it is with google.


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In this location, they could be .log, .log1, .log2 or no extension.

This is what it looks like for me:

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  • Not when you accidentally deleted them, well my system is the equivelent of cooked now because I needed those to fix one hell of a error, thanks anyways for your help. – user88311 Jan 14 '13 at 14:29
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    Those aren't the event logs, they are the registry transaction logs. – Harry Johnston Jan 14 '13 at 21:48
  • I never said they were event logs... – Dave Oct 7 '16 at 11:19

In Windows XP, event logs have extension .evt and are in


In Windows 7, event logs have extension .evtx and are in


I believe Windows Vista and Windows 8 are both the same as Windows 7, but I don't have a box handy to check.

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  • In Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise also is windows\system32\winevt\Logs – Hernaldo Gonzalez Nov 21 '16 at 14:11
  • @HernaldoGonzalez: yeah, Windows Server 2008 R2 is just the server version of Windows 7. – Harry Johnston Nov 21 '16 at 20:48

To increase the possibility to find what you are looking for, I suggest to look for

  • .evt files
  • .txt files
  • .log files
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