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DateTime.ToFileTimeUtc Method

Converts the value of the current DateTime object to a Windows file time.

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

public long ToFileTimeUtc()

Return Value

Type: System.Int64
The value of the current DateTime object expressed as a Windows file time.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

The resulting file time would represent a date and time before 12:00 midnight January 1, 1601 C.E. UTC.

A Windows file time is a 64-bit value that represents the number of 100-nanosecond intervals that have elapsed since 12:00 midnight, January 1, 1601 A.D. (C.E.) Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Windows uses a file time to record when an application creates, accesses, or writes to a file.

The ToFileTimeUtc method uses the Kind property to determine whether the current DateTime object is a local time, a UTC time, or an unspecified kind of time which is treated as a UTC time. If it is a local time, it converts the time to UTC before performing the conversion to a Windows file time.

Notes to Callers

The ToFileTimeUtc method is sometimes used to convert a local time to UTC, and subsequently to restore it by calling the FromFileTimeUtc method followed by the ToLocalTime method. However, if the original time represents an invalid time in the local time zone, the two local time values will not be equal. For additional information, see the ToLocalTime method.

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, 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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