I was looking for a way to view windows event logs with a little more detail than having to click on each "warning" or "error" to view the properties of a single event. Further, I wanted to be able to record the information a bit easier than the standard copy/paste method (which only seems to work on item at a time) while collecting information about "warnings" and "errors" that I see sporadically listed.
My first search in Google led me to a program that seems to meet these requirements very nicely. However, their price structure seems to reflect that the product may be geared more towards corporate sales rather than the casual user. Looking over some of the other results in Google, the prices vary, but the products still seem marketed for professionals.
Now, I have nothing against companies or people charging a premium price for a premium product - they put the work in so they deserve a return on their time and efforts. However, as a casual user it is kind of hard for me to justify a large expense for something I will not use professionally (nor use very often.)
Can anyone recommend any software that may be free or low-priced that is designed for viewing Windows Event Logs? I really don't need (or want) all the options and tools that seem to be built-in with many of the commercial software options. I just want a slightly better way to view these logs.
I know that I've seen various programs over at BleepingComputer that create or record various types of logs, etc., but it seems like those are made to gauge the overall health or status of a system rather than something specific, i.e., Event Logs.
I am pretty familiar with using tools from Mark Russinovich (SysInternals Suite) back before Microsoft acquired that tool set (and him!) The SysInternals Suite is full of great little programs, such as AutoRuns which is a very clean and simple way to view/control startup items rather than dragging through Services and dealing with each item one at a time. And Process Explorer (which I currently have set to run in place of my Task Manager.) And it is these great little tools that have spoiled me on standard Windows processes and have me searching for simpler, cleaner ways to look at things (such as event logs.)
Thanks for your time!