It is possible to export Windows logs as plain text. 2008 R2 gives options for txt, csv as well as xml. I’ll show you how to export your logs!
1. Crack open the Event Viewer, and select the log you wish to view from the left. In this example I am checking out the Security log.
2. On the right hand side, choose Save All Events As… Here you can export as .txt, .xml or .csv. It is also possible to select a small portion of log entries and Save Selected Events…