This article was previously published under Q172156
When you launch Windows Event Viewer, one of the following errormessages may occur if one of the *.evt files is corrupt:
The handle is invalid
Dr. Watson Services.exe Exception: Access Violation (0xc0000005), Address: 0x76e073d4
When you click OK or cancel on the Dr. Watson error message, you may alsoreceive the following error message:
Event Viewer Remote Procedure Call failed
The services.exe process may consume a high percentage of CPU utilization.
The Event Viewer Log files (Sysevent.evt, Appevent.evt, Secevent.evt) arealways in use by the system, preventing the files from being deleted orrenamed. The EventLog service cannot be stopped because it is required byother services, thus the files are always open. This article describes amethod to rename or move these files for troubleshooting purposes.
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
Click the Start button, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Services.
Select the EventLog service and click Startup. Change the Startup Type to Disabled, and then click OK. If you are unable to log on to the computer but can access the registry remotely, you can change the Startup value in the following registry key to 0x4:
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