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Environment.TickCount Property

Gets the number of milliseconds elapsed since the system started.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public static int TickCount { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Int32
A 32-bit signed integer containing the amount of time in milliseconds that has passed since the last time the computer was started.

The value of this property is derived from the system timer and is stored as a 32-bit signed integer. Consequently, if the system runs continuously, TickCount will increment from zero to Int32.MaxValue for approximately 24.9 days, then jump to Int32.MinValue, which is a negative number, then increment back to zero during the next 24.9 days.

TickCount is different from the Ticks property, which is the number of 100-nanosecond intervals that have elapsed since 1/1/0001, 12:00am.

Use the DateTime.Now property to obtain the current local date and time on this computer.

The following code example demonstrates how to retrieve the positive range of values returned by the TickCount property. The TickCount property cycles between Int32.MinValue, which is a negative number, and Int32.MaxValue once every 49.8 days. This code sample removes the sign bit to yield a nonnegative number that cycles between zero and MaxValue once every 24.9 days.

// Sample for the Environment.TickCount property. 

// TickCount cycles between Int32.MinValue, which is a negative  
// number, and Int32.MaxValue once every 49.8 days. This sample 
// removes the sign bit to yield a nonnegative number that cycles  
// between zero and Int32.MaxValue once every 24.9 days. 

using System;

class Sample 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
    int result = Environment.TickCount & Int32.MaxValue;
    Console.WriteLine("TickCount: {0}", result);
    }
}
/*
This example produces the following results:

TickCount: 101931139
*/

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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