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Process.GetProcessById Method (Int32)

Returns a new Process component, given the identifier of a process on the local computer.

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

Public Shared Function GetProcessById ( _
	processId As Integer _
) As Process


Type: System.Int32
The system-unique identifier of a process resource.

Return Value

Type: System.Diagnostics.Process
A Process component that is associated with the local process resource identified by the processId parameter.


The process specified by the processId parameter is not running. The identifier might be expired.


The process was not started by this object.

Use this method to create a new Process component and associate it with a process resource on the local computer. The process resource must already exist on the computer, because GetProcessById(Int32) does not create a system resource, but rather associates a resource with an application-generated Process component. A process Id can be retrieved only for a process that is currently running on the computer. After the process terminates, GetProcessById(Int32) throws an exception if you pass it an expired identifier.

On any particular computer, the identifier of a process is unique. GetProcessById(Int32) returns one process at most. If you want to get all the processes running a particular application, use GetProcessesByName(String). If multiple processes exist on the computer running the specified application, GetProcessesByName(String) returns an array containing all the associated processes. You can query each of these processes in turn for its identifier. The process identifier can be viewed in the Processes panel of the Windows Task Manager. The PID column displays the process identifier that is assigned to a process.

The following example retrieves information of the current process, all instances of Notepad running on the local computer, all instances of Notepad running on a specific computer using the computer alias and an IP address, all processes running on the local computer and a remote computer, a specific process on the local computer or a remote computer using the process id.

Imports System
Imports System.Diagnostics
Imports System.ComponentModel

Namespace MyProcessSample
   '/ <summary>
   '/ Shell for the sample.
   '/ </summary>
   Class MyProcess

      Sub BindToRunningProcesses()
         ' Get the current process.
         Dim currentProcess As Process = Process.GetCurrentProcess()

         ' Get all instances of Notepad running on the local
         ' computer.
         Dim localByName As Process() = Process.GetProcessesByName("notepad")

         ' Get all instances of Notepad running on the specifiec
         ' computer.
         ' 1. Using the computer alias (do not precede with "\\").
         Dim remoteByName As Process() = Process.GetProcessesByName("notepad", "myComputer")

         ' 2. Using an IP address to specify the machineName parameter. 
         Dim ipByName As Process() = Process.GetProcessesByName("notepad", "")

         ' Get all processes running on the local computer.
         Dim localAll As Process() = Process.GetProcesses()

         ' Get all processes running on the remote computer.
         Dim remoteAll As Process() = Process.GetProcesses("myComputer")

         ' Get a process on the local computer, using the process id.
         Dim localById As Process = Process.GetProcessById(1234)

         ' Get a process on a remote computer, using the process id.
         Dim remoteById As Process = Process.GetProcessById(2345, "myComputer")
      End Sub 'BindToRunningProcesses

      Shared Sub Main()

         Dim myProcess As New MyProcess()

      End Sub 'Main 
   End Class 'MyProcess
End Namespace 'MyProcessSample

.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

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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

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