Error message: The event log file is corrupt

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SYMPTOMS

When you try to open any event in the Event Viewer Application Log in Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows 2003, you receive the following error message:
The event log file is corrupt.

CAUSE

This problem may occur if you have the Symbols for Dr. Watson Error Debugging installed. The error message is caused by a problem with the Dr. Watson Error Debugging program.

RESOLUTION

Windows 2000

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows 2000. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
The English version of this fix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
 
    Date         Time   Version             Size   File name
--------------------------------------------------------------
  03-Feb-2003  09:59  5.0.2195.6661      46,352  Eventlog.dll
 

Windows 2003

Service Pack Information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889100 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 and in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about how to obtain a hotfix for Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
265173 The Datacenter Program and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server Product

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Article ID: 811143 - Last Review: February 21, 2007 - Revision: 4.8
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
Keywords: 
kbautohotfix kbhotfixserver kbqfe kbwin2ksp4fix kberrmsg kbqfe kbwin2000presp4fix kbfix kbbug KB811143

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