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  • How do I get to %SYSTEMROOT%\debug\msert.log

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      • #2372032
        dmt_3904
        AskWoody Plus

        I had clicked on a couple sites that were flagged by Virustotal. (Reputable sites, they were!!) Anyway, MBAM & Defender full scans were ok. But I wanted to do more scans.

        Ran MS Safety Scanner tool  https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/intelligence/safety-scanner-download

        It showed 2 detections while it was running, but said nothing was found once it completed.  Instructions say: Review the scan results displayed on screen. For detailed detection results, view the log at %SYSTEMROOT%\debug\msert.log.

        But I don’t know how to get to that log, can someone help me???  Where is %SYSTEMROOT%? thanks.

      • #2372041
        PKCano
        Manager

        Try C:\Windows\debug

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      • #2372043
        PaulK
        AskWoody Lounger

        [ %systemroot% ] almost certainly is [ C:\Windows ].
        So the string resolves to [ C:\Windows\debug\msert.log ]
        Thus, you could key [ notepad %systemroot%\debug\msert.log ].

        1. Open a Command Prompt, it needn’t be an elevated prompt.
        2. Key in [ set ]; nothing else is needed.
        3. Look down the list of ‘Environment Variables’. The list is long, but in alphabetical order.

        If you wish, you may just copy/paste your search string into the address bar of Explorer.

        In all of the above, case (upper/lower) is irrelevant and ignored.

        The name of any item in the Environment Variable list may be bracketed by the per-cent character. Then when this %item% is used, Windows will use the accompanying value. It is a ‘doofer’ shortcut.

        Edit: OK; PKC typed the shortcut … while I was composing this longcut. (slow typist!)

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        • #2372130
          dmt_3904
          AskWoody Plus

          Found this also works – bring up search, type %systemroot%, select %systemroot% file folder. Thanks!

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