networkn: LOL my God, THIS is the simpler interface?
How many people actually open the Control Panel, ever? I'd bet that aside from technical people, no user ever opens it. I know my wife never opened the Apple configuration panel on her Mac, and I know my parents in law never ever even heard of Control Panel - much less of "event viewer".
Microsoft is making an interface for billions, not for us. If you are that hardcore, use command line - it still works.