LoadWithPartialName Method (String)
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Assembly.LoadWithPartialName Method (String)

Note: This API is now obsolete.

Loads an assembly from the application directory or from the global assembly cache using a partial name.

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

[ObsoleteAttribute("This method has been deprecated. Please use Assembly.Load() instead. http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=14202")]
public static Assembly LoadWithPartialName(
	string partialName


Type: System.String

The display name of the assembly.

Return Value

Type: System.Reflection.Assembly

The loaded assembly. If partialName is not found, this method returns null.

Exception Condition

The partialName parameter is null.


assemblyFile is not a valid assembly.


Version 2.0 or later of the common language runtime is currently loaded and partialName was compiled with a later version.


The LoadWithPartialName(String) method is obsolete and has been retained for backward compatibility. The non-obsolete alternative is Assembly.Load(String).

Applications that load assemblies with this method will be affected by upgrades of those assemblies. Therefore, do not use this method; redesign the application to use the Load(String) method overload or the LoadFrom(String) method overload.

This method first calls Load. If the assembly is not found, this method returns the assembly from the global assembly cache that has the same simple name, and the highest version number.

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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