Starting with Vista, Windows operating systems use the WMI Tracing log to monitor and record system events. The log file can be accessed through the Event Viewer user interface or the Wevtutil command line tool. WMI creates an active trace channel during the boot process. The name of the channel is WMI_Trace_Session. Only errors are logged to the channel. The WMITracing.log file contains the events that WMI service traces. You need to stop the trace log session in order to turn off WMITracing log.
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Click the "Start" button in Windows and select "Run" option from menu. Type in "cmd" and click the "OK" to open command line window.
Type in "Wevtutil.exe sl Microsoft-Windows-WMI-Activity/Trace /e:true" at the ">" command line prompt.
Press the "Enter" key to Wevtutil tracing tool.
Type in "tracelog -stop WMI_Trace_Session" at the prompt.
Press the "Enter" key to turn off WMITracing log.
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