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Registry.DynData Field

Contains dynamic registry data. This field reads the Windows registry base key HKEY_DYN_DATA.

Namespace: Microsoft.Win32
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static readonly RegistryKey DynData
public static final RegistryKey DynData
public static final var DynData : RegistryKey

Exception typeCondition

ObjectDisposedException

The operating system is not Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition.

The Windows 98/Windows Me registry supports both static data (which is stored on disk in the registry) and dynamic data (which changes frequently, such as performance statistics). This dynamic data area is the mechanism that allows Virtual Device Drivers (VxDs) to provide real-time data to Win32 applications that can run remotely as well as locally. It also allows the system monitor to provide performance statistics on remote Windows 98/Windows Me systems.

VxDs are not limited to performance data. They can provide any data they want to pass from Ring 0 to Ring 3 efficiently without monopolizing the CPU. The registry supports dynamic data by storing a pointer to a function that returns a value (or many values). When a Registry call queries values associated with a dynamic key, that function is called to return the desired value or values.

NoteNote

Dynamic keys were introduced in Microsoft Windows 95 to handle dynamic Registry data. They are supported only in Windows 98/Windows Me.

The following example demonstrates how to retrieve the subkeys of this key, and prints their names to the screen. Use the OpenSubKey method to create an instance of the particular subkey of interest. You can then use other operations in RegistryKey to manipulate that key. Note that this example can return no results, since there might not be dynamic data available, or you might not be running Windows 98/ME. Using this key may cause an error on other systems.

using System;
using Microsoft.Win32;

class Reg {
    public static void Main() {

        // Create a RegistryKey, which will access the HKEY_DYN_DATA
        // key in the registry of this machine.
        RegistryKey rk = Registry.DynData;

        // Print out the keys.
        PrintKeys(rk);
    }

    static void PrintKeys(RegistryKey rkey) {

        // Retrieve all the subkeys for the specified key.
        String [] names;
        try {
            names = rkey.GetSubKeyNames();
        }
        catch (System.IO.IOException e) {
            Console.WriteLine("HKEY_DYN_DATA is not available on this machine.");
            return;
        }

        int icount = 0;

        Console.WriteLine("Subkeys of " + rkey.Name);
        Console.WriteLine("-----------------------------------------------");

        // Print the contents of the array to the console.
        foreach (String s in names) {
            Console.WriteLine(s);

            // The following code puts a limit on the number
            // of keys displayed.  Comment it out to print the
            // complete list.
            icount++;
            if (icount >= 10)
                break;
        }
    }
}

import System.*;
import Microsoft.Win32.*;

class Reg
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        // Create a RegistryKey, which will access the HKEY_DYN_DATA
        // key in the registry of this machine.
        RegistryKey rk = Registry.DynData;
        // Print out the keys.
        PrintKeys(rk);
    } //main

    static void PrintKeys(RegistryKey rKey)
    {
        // Retrieve all the subkeys for the specified key.
        String names[];
        try {
            names = rKey.GetSubKeyNames();
        }
        catch (System.IO.IOException e) {
            Console.WriteLine("HKEY_DYN_DATA is not available on this machine.");
            return;
        }

        int iCount = 0;

        Console.WriteLine("Subkeys of " + rKey.get_Name());
        Console.WriteLine("-----------------------------------------------");
        // Print the contents of the array to the console.
        String s = null;
        for (int iCtr = 0; iCtr < names.get_Length(); iCtr++) {
            s = names[iCtr];
            Console.WriteLine(s);
            // The following code puts a limit on the number
            // of keys displayed.  Comment it out to print the
            // complete list.
            iCount++;
            if (iCount >= 10) {
                break;
            }
        }
    } //PrintKeys
} //Reg

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, 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.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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