How to Solve “Event ID not found” Error in SQL Server

In this article, we explain solutions to the SQL Server error for ‘Event ID not found’.

Apart from all its features and functions, SQL Server can also be a storehouse of confusion if you are not very familiar with all that it provides and what all it can be used for. For all the events and operations that we perform in SQL Server, we can refer to the event log for details. But keeping in mind the high-end features and some complexities of the application, there might also be times when you are completely unable to find a given Event ID from the SQL Server source.

Solve “Event ID not found” Error in SQL Server


Your SQL Server application’s event log might be troubling you with an error that fails to give you the details of an Event ID from SQL Server Source. You can try searching the error log, but it might prompt you with an error message that says that password you entered was not correct, and did not match. This appearing error message might just be showing you placeholders for all you know. One of the main reasons why this happens is because a file is missing and the event viewer has been enabled for decoding the message to show just place holders.

You might get more information on the occurring error by checking the sys.messages. The correct message can still be found in event log.


Since the error message we are viewing is showing only placeholders, we know that encoding is enabled and we are seeing a decoded version of the same, but not the complete text. This decoding takes place mainly because of a file that has been stored in a registry key.

Depending on what kind of instance you are making use of, you will be able to find a path to the same. For a default instance, the path will be found in ‘EventMessageFile’. Once you are able to find the path of the instance, you will also know its location. One of the main reasons why you were not able to find it in the event log can be because the version was incorrect.  You can try copying it from any other machine and then reopen it in event viewer.

Once you perform this action, you would be able to get the complete information for the Event ID.

Important Points

As and when we start working on SQL Server there are a lot of features and functions that we are not aware of, with the time we not only begin understanding them but also learn how to make the best of them. However, as a user of the application, it is important for you to know that even the most experienced of DBAs can often come across unforeseen errors when making use of the application. By attempting to figure out solutions you would never get stuck at any of the errors you experience in the application. As at the end of the day you can always take help of a repair SQL Server tool in case you experience a more severe problem.

Author Introduction:

Victor Simon is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including access recovery and sql recovery software products. For more information visit

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