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PerformanceCounter.InstanceLifetime Property

Note: This property is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Gets or sets the lifetime of a process.

Namespace: System.Diagnostics
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

public PerformanceCounterInstanceLifetime InstanceLifetime { get; set; }
/** @property */
public PerformanceCounterInstanceLifetime get_InstanceLifetime ()

/** @property */
public void set_InstanceLifetime (PerformanceCounterInstanceLifetime value)

public function get InstanceLifetime () : PerformanceCounterInstanceLifetime

public function set InstanceLifetime (value : PerformanceCounterInstanceLifetime)

Property Value

One of the PerformanceCounterInstanceLifetime values. The default is Global.

Exception typeCondition


The value set is not a member of the PerformanceCounterInstanceLifetime enumeration.


InstanceLifetime is set after the PerformanceCounter has been initialized.

If the performance counter category is created with the .NET Framework version 1.0 or 1.1, it uses global shared memory, and the value for InstanceLifetime must be Global. If the category is not used by applications running on versions 1.0 or 1.1 of the .NET Framework, delete and recreate the category.


If the value of the CounterType property is SingleInstance, the InstanceLifetime value for the performance counter must be Global.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, 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