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Marshal::FreeCoTaskMem Method

Frees a block of memory allocated by the unmanaged COM task memory allocator.

Namespace:  System.Runtime.InteropServices
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public:
static void FreeCoTaskMem(
	IntPtr ptr
)

Parameters

ptr
Type: System::IntPtr
The address of the memory to be freed.

You can use FreeCoTaskMem to free any memory allocated by AllocCoTaskMem, ReAllocCoTaskMem, or any equivalent unmanaged method. If the ptr parameter is nullptr, the method does nothing.

FreeCoTaskMem exposes the COM CoTaskMemFree function, which frees all bytes so that you can no longer use the memory that the ptr parameter points to.

In addition to FreeCoTaskMem, the Marshal class provides two other memory-deallocation methods: DestroyStructure and FreeHGlobal.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

  • SecurityCriticalAttribute 

    requires full trust for the immediate caller. This member cannot be used by partially trusted or transparent code.

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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