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Microsoft Windows 2008: Event viewer cannot open the event log or custom view. Verify that event log service is running. The data is invalid (13)

Microsoft Windows 2008: Event viewer cannot open the event log or custom view. Verify that event log service is running. The data is invalid (13)

Clicking on the System event log on a Windows 2008 machine generated the following error:
Event viewer cannot open the event log or custom view. Verify that event log
service is running. The data is invalid (13)

Solution
Clear the system event log.

Live can sometimes be so simple!

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