Each application (event source) can define its own numbered categories and the text strings to which they are mapped. The Event Viewer can use the category to filter events in the log. The categories must be numbered consecutively beginning with the number 1. The category number is specified by the EventInstance.CategoryId property. The Event Viewer can display the category as a numeric value, or it can use the category as a resource identifier to display a localized category string. For more information, see EventInstance.
Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)