Assembly: System (in system.dll)
There are two types of performance counter categories: single-instance and multi-instance. By default, a category is single-instance when it is created and becomes multi-instance when another instance is added. Categories are created when an application is set up, and instances are added at run time. In the .NET Framework version 1.0 and version 1.1, it is not necessary to know whether a performance counter category is multi-instance or single-instance. In the .NET Framework version 2.0, the PerformanceCounterCategoryType enumeration is used to indicate whether a performance counter can have multiple instances.
Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition
The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.