How To Delete Win Log Files In Windows 10

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Low Disk Space Message

We all must have seen a window popping up with the above message on it at times when we try to store some more data to the drive. When the system’s C drive is full, you’re likely to witness the following changes in your system:

  • The windows OS will slow down.
  • Availability of low storage space; probably not enough to install Windows Update.
  • Program installation is not available.

When the C drive is full in Windows 10, its shown in red as below:

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But, why does the drive keep filling up unnecessarily?

Following are the answers to the above question:

  1. In order to meet the performance parameters and reduce the loading time, windows tend to generate many temporary files. Some of these can’t be removed automatically resulting in these files taking up the storage space.
  2. A lingering virus or malware is indeed the biggest suspect. These malicious files are programmed to multiply on a certain input, and these eventually eat up the hard disk space.
  3. Many System Restore files are also responsible for taking your system’s disk space.

All the above reasons could be the hosts to a plethora of errors showing up in Windows. 

Windows keeps a record of these errors in WINDOWS EVENT LOG.

What is Windows Event Log?

A log is basically the digital exhaust of all the events occurring on Windows. 

Win Log is a complete record of system, security and application notifications stored by the Windows OS that could be used to detect and diagnose system problems.

However it’s really important to clear these files for 2 major reasons:

  1. This event log can end up saving a lot of information leading to a reduced storage space. 
  2. These files represent privacy concerns.

Before we dive into various methods to remove the Win Log Files from our PC, let’s know about the locations where these files are stored in our PCs. There are two main folders depending on your system, where you can find these files:

  • %windir%\System32\Winevt\Logs\
  • %windir%\System32\config\

Windows is infamous for filling up the storage .So far we’ve come across the fact that the Win Log Files do play a subsequent role in taking up space on a cramped hard drive. The next segment lists various methods using which you can delete the Win Log Files from your system.

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  1. Using Command Prompt
  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to launch the command prompt . You can even do so from the Windows search Context Menu.
  • Enter cd %windir%\system32\config in the cmd window, to go to the event viewer default path.
  • Type del *.log /a /s /q /f in the cmd window and press enter to delete all the Win Log Files.
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All the files with a .log extension will be deleted from your system. In case you want to remove individual log files, the following steps are required:

  • Open another admin command prompt.
  • Type wevtutil el to list all the log files in your system.
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  • Type wevtutil cl <name of the log> to delete the files individually as per your requirement.
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There you are! 

That particular log from the Event Viewer is deleted.

  1.  Use The Event Viewer GUI

In Windows 10, the Event Viewer GUI is very easy to navigate through the settings and is an alternative to the command prompt method of removing the Log Files.

  • Open a Run Dialog
  • Type eventvwr.msc and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to launch the Event Viewer with admin rights.
  • Click the small arrow next to the folder icon in order to expand the folders.
  • Select the entry from the middle pane in the list of entries and click  Clear Log from the action section in the rightmost pane.

Tap to see the entire process.

  • Repeat the  above steps for all the entries you want to delete.

Note- You can use the Shift key to select a range of entries in the middle pane.

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  1. PowerShell Clear All Event Logs
  • Open Powershell as an admin.You can do this from the start menu or the Winx Menu.

Note- If you haven’t replaced Powershell with CMD in windows, follow the above step.

  • Type wevtutil el | Foreach-Object {wevtutil cl “$_”} and press enter.

 This will clear all the log files on your system.

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  1. Make A Command File To Automatically Clear Log Files
  • Open a text editor like Notepad or MS visual Code.
  • Type the following code in the editor:

@echo off

FOR /F “tokens=1,2*” %%V IN (‘bcdedit’) DO SET adminTest=%%V

IF (%adminTest%)==(Access) goto noAdmin

for /F “tokens=*” %%G in (‘wevtutil.exe el’) DO (call :do_clear “%%G”)

echo.

echo Event Logs have been cleared! ^<press any key^>

goto theEnd

:do_clear

echo clearing %1

wevtutil.exe cl %1

goto :eof

:noAdmin

echo You must run this script as an Administrator!

echo ^<press any key^>

:theEnd

pause>NUL

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  • Save the name of this command with a .cmd extension in any location of your preference.
  • By choosing the correct option from the right-click context menu, Run this command file as administrator.

A command prompt will open and all the log files will be cleared automatically.

5. Clearing Log files with CCleaner

  • You can easily scan for Windows and App log files, and delete them if you use the CCleaner, which is a drive maintenance program.
  • Open the CCleaner program – 1. Cleaner menu open 2. Click windows tab 3. Scroll down.
  • Click the checkbox marked as Windows Log Files and select Run Cleaner.
  • After the system is analysed for the files which can be cleared , click the button again to remove the Win Log files.

So there you have it!

These were the 5 methods using which you can remove the Win Log files and free up your system’s space.

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