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Article ID: 949390 - Last Review: March 26, 2008 - Revision: 1.1


You can save an event log as a .csv file on a Windows Server 2008-based computer. However, when you import the event log into Microsoft Office Excel 2007, it is not readable.


To work around this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Save the event logs in Event Viewer in .csv format. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Start Event Viewer. To do this, click Start, click Run, type eventvwr, and then click eventvwr in the Programs list.
    2. Click to select the event log that you want to save.
    3. On the Action menu, click Save Events As.
    4. Type a name for the log file in the File name box.
    5. In the Save as type field, click to select CSV (Comma Separated) (*.csv), and then click Save.
  2. Open the file that you saved in step 1e in a text editor, such as Notepad.
  3. Save the file. Click Yes if you are prompted to replace the file.
  4. Double-click the .csv file that you saved in step 3, and then open the file in Excel 2007.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007, when used with:
    • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
    • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
    • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
    • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
    • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
    • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2008 Standard
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