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ManagementClass.GetRelatedClasses Method

Retrieves classes related to the WMI class.

Namespace:  System.Management
Assembly:  System.Management (in System.Management.dll)

public ManagementObjectCollection GetRelatedClasses()

Return Value

Type: System.Management.ManagementObjectCollection
A collection of the ManagementClass or ManagementObject objects that represents WMI classes or instances related to the WMI class.

The method queries the WMI schema for all possible associations that the WMI class may have with other classes, or in rare cases, to instances. For more information about related classes, see " ASSOCIATORS OF Statement" in the Windows Management Instrumentation documentation in the MSDN Library at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library.

.NET Framework Security

Full trust for the immediate caller. This member cannot be used by partially trusted code. For more information, see Using Libraries from Partially Trusted Code.

The following example shows how to initialize a ManagementClass variable with a ManagementClass constructor and then list all the classes related to the WMI class passed into the constructor.

using System;
using System.Management;

public class Sample
    public static void Main() 
        ManagementClass c =
            new ManagementClass("Win32_LogicalDisk");

        foreach (ManagementClass r in c.GetRelatedClasses())
                "Instances of {0} are related to this class",


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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