Applies to: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows could not start the Windows Event Log service on Local Computer. Error 5: Access is denied. on WS 2008 R2


GUI Method

Change NTFS permission of  %WINDIR%\System32\WinEvt\Logs directory add Local Service and Network Service, give them FULL access.

Start event viewer service by running following command through elevated cmd (Run as Administrator)

net start eventlog

CLI Method

Run following commands sequentially from elevated cmd (Run As Administrator)

ICACLS C:\Windows\System32\winevt\logs /grant "LOCAL SERVICE:(OI)(CI)(F)" "NETWORK SERVICE:(OI)(CI)(F)"

net start eventlog

At times Windows Event Log service doesn't start at all; in such situations, you might need to reboot the server once.

Hope that helps !

See Also:

Error message when attempting to start the Windows Event Log Service: "Access denied"

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