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How do you enable event logging for Internet Explorer in Windows 10, and how can I verify that it is enabled? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Please see the title - two parts, but this is my only question.   I do not need help resetting IE, or troubleshooting IE - I want to enable IE event logging, and I am looking for a step by step guide to doing this.  It seems as though I have it enabled, but the log has zero entries.

    This thread has the same question, and some genius marked it answered, although it should be pretty obvious to anyone with the ability to read and comprehend written English language that the question was not answered, and in fact, the person who asked the question was completely ignored after the initial answer (which I do not for a minute believe was even close to the right answer):  https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/ie/en-US/bfecbfd3-ffc8-4279-a006-64a1cd248621/can-we-get-windows-event-logging-with-internet-explorer-10-and-windows-8?forum=ieitprocurrentver

    If you look, you will see that the log exists in Windows 10, and at least on the machine I am on, the properties say enabled (although that is greyed out and cannot be altered).    The way I see it there are a couple of possibilities here:

    1)  Logging is a relic that doesn't actually work and for whatever reason was never removed from the code tree.

    2)  Logging is not enabled despite what the properties sheet says.

    3)  Logging is enabled, but I have no way to verify it because it will not log any events.

    Please help me (and a bunch of other poor souls who have asked this question on multiple forums) figure this out.

    Thank you!

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:03 PM

Answers

  • Hi Harry,

    Please see the Event Viewer How to documentation here - https://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc749408.aspx

    To use event viewer you need to have a pro or enterprise edition of windows and an administrators account on your computer. If you are using a work computer consult with your company's IT staff.

    Start>Control Panel>Administrative tools>Event Viewer

    then

    Windows logs>Appliction

    will list any iexplore.exe application error logs.... I think it depends on your computer settings for sending feedback to Microsoft, whether or not error logs are automatically generated and sent back to Microsoft.

    If you have no entries in that list for IE then it has not had any application errors. There also should be listings for other programs there apart from IE....

    For help with using Event Viewer please see the documentation link above.

    Regards.

    Questions regarding Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 and Internet Explorer 11 for the IT Pro Audience. Topics covered are: Installation, Deployment, Configuration, Security, Group Policy, Management questions. If you are a consumer looking for answers or to raise a question, it's highly recommended you head on over to http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us


    Rob^_^

    Thursday, July 28, 2016 1:27 AM

All replies

  • Hi Harry,

    Please see the Event Viewer How to documentation here - https://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc749408.aspx

    To use event viewer you need to have a pro or enterprise edition of windows and an administrators account on your computer. If you are using a work computer consult with your company's IT staff.

    Start>Control Panel>Administrative tools>Event Viewer

    then

    Windows logs>Appliction

    will list any iexplore.exe application error logs.... I think it depends on your computer settings for sending feedback to Microsoft, whether or not error logs are automatically generated and sent back to Microsoft.

    If you have no entries in that list for IE then it has not had any application errors. There also should be listings for other programs there apart from IE....

    For help with using Event Viewer please see the documentation link above.

    Regards.

    Questions regarding Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 and Internet Explorer 11 for the IT Pro Audience. Topics covered are: Installation, Deployment, Configuration, Security, Group Policy, Management questions. If you are a consumer looking for answers or to raise a question, it's highly recommended you head on over to http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us


    Rob^_^

    Thursday, July 28, 2016 1:27 AM
  • Follow these steps if you wish to enable IE logging in event viewer:

     

    a.     Click “Start” and click “Run.”

    b.     Type “regedit.exe” and hit “Enter.”

    c.     Locate the following registry key:

     

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\Feature_Enable_Compat_Logging

     

    d.     Change the “iexplore.exe” value to “(DWORD) 1.”

    e.     Exit registry editor.

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie7_6-windows_xp/no-internet-explorer-entries-in-event-viewer-why/82c95d1e-27c5-4957-b181-1c1b4e926b22

     

    Restart your computer.

    Monday, November 12, 2018 11:14 PM
  • @GregPennings

    Your proposed solution is for earlier versions of IE and Windows XP. The OP clearly asks for Win10. Well done.

    Thursday, November 22, 2018 1:56 PM
  • The registry location for Windows 10 is

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\

    I had to create the key Feature_Enable_Compat_Logging and then create DWORD iexplore.exe and set value to 1

    After rebooting, IE now has logs in Event Viewer.

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:03 PM