Windows Event Log (EventLog) Service Defaults in Windows 10

This service manages events and event logs. It supports logging events, querying events, subscribing to events, archiving event logs, and managing event metadata. It can display events in both XML and plain text format. Stopping this service may compromise security and reliability of the system.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:Windows Event Log
Service name:EventLog
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:Event Log
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted -p
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\EventLog
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege

Default Behavior

Windows Event Log is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting automatically when the operating system starts. Then the Windows Event Log service is running as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Windows Event Log fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the EventLog service has failed to start due to the error.

Dependencies

While Windows Event Log is stopped, disabled or working incorrectly, the following services do not start:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Windows Event Log

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config EventLog start= auto
sc start EventLog

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The EventLog service is using the svchost.exe file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.