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EventWatcherOptions Constructor (ManagementNamedValueCollection, TimeSpan, Int32)

Initializes a new instance of the EventWatcherOptions class with the given values.

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

public EventWatcherOptions(
	ManagementNamedValueCollection context,
	TimeSpan timeout,
	int blockSize


Type: System.Management.ManagementNamedValueCollection
The options context object containing provider-specific information to be passed through to the provider.
Type: System.TimeSpan
The time-out to wait for the next events.
Type: System.Int32
The number of events to wait for in each block.

.NET Framework Security

Full trust for the immediate caller. This member cannot be used by partially trusted code. For more information, see Using Libraries from Partially Trusted Code.

The following example shows how the client receives notification when an instance of Win32_Process is created because the event class is __InstanceCreationEvent. For more information, see the Windows Management Instrumentation documentation in the MSDN Library at The client receives events synchronously by calling the WaitForNextEvent method. This example can be tested by starting a process, such as Notepad, while the example code is running.

using System;
using System.Management;

// This example shows synchronous consumption of events. 
// The client is blocked while waiting for events. 

public class EventWatcherPolling 
    public static int Main(string[] args) 
        // Create event query to be notified within 1 second of 
        // a change in a service
        string query = "SELECT * FROM" +
            " __InstanceCreationEvent WITHIN 1 " + 
            "WHERE TargetInstance isa \"Win32_Process\"";

        // Event options
        // blockSize = 1 to receive one event
        EventWatcherOptions eventOptions = new
            EventWatcherOptions(null, System.TimeSpan.MaxValue,

        // Initialize an event watcher and subscribe to events 
        // that match this query
        ManagementEventWatcher watcher =
            new ManagementEventWatcher("root\\CIMV2", query,

        // Block until the next event occurs 
        // Note: this can be done in a loop if waiting for 
        //        more than one occurrence
            "Open an application (notepad.exe) to trigger an event.");
        ManagementBaseObject e = watcher.WaitForNextEvent();

        //Display information from the event
            "Process {0} has been created, path is: {1}", 

        //Cancel the subscription
        return 0;

.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

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.