Enabling event logging for Internet Explorer

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 19 Dec. 2012 / Last Updated on 19 Dec. 2012]

How to enable event logging for Internet Explorer.

If you open Event Viewer and select the following log:

Applications and Services Logs\Internet Explorer

you'll notice that by default no events are being logged for Internet Explorer. You can enable IE event logging by creating a new DWORD registry value named Feature_Enable_Compat_Logging under the following registry key:

HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Internet Explorer\Main \FeatureControl

and set the the new registry value to 1.

For more information about what events will be logged, see the following MSDN page:


Mitch Tulloch is a eight-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  This tip was excerpted from his new book Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Training Guide published by Microsoft Press which is available from Amazon.  For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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