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Assembly.Load Method (Byte(), Byte(), SecurityContextSource)

Loads the assembly with a common object file format (COFF)-based image containing an emitted assembly, optionally including symbols and specifying the source for the security context. The assembly is loaded into the application domain of the caller.

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

Public Shared Function Load ( _
	rawAssembly As Byte(), _
	rawSymbolStore As Byte(), _
	securityContextSource As SecurityContextSource _
) As Assembly


Type: System.Byte()
A byte array that is a COFF-based image containing an emitted assembly.
Type: System.Byte()
A byte array that contains the raw bytes representing the symbols for the assembly.
Type: System.Security.SecurityContextSource
The source of the security context.

Return Value

Type: System.Reflection.Assembly
The loaded assembly.


rawAssembly is Nothing.


rawAssembly is not a valid assembly.


rawAssembly was compiled with a later version of the common language runtime than the version that is currently loaded.


The value of securityContextSource is not one of the enumeration values.

The assembly is loaded into the application domain of the caller using the specified source for the security context. If rawSymbolStore was specified, the raw bytes that represent the symbols for the assembly are also loaded.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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.