ManagementClass.GetRelatedClasses Method ()


Retrieves classes related to the WMI class.

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

public ManagementObjectCollection GetRelatedClasses()

Return Value

Type: System.Management.ManagementObjectCollection

A collection of the ManagementClass or ManagementObject objects that represents WMI classes or instances related to the WMI class.

The method queries the WMI schema for all possible associations that the WMI class may have with other classes, or in rare cases, to instances. For more information about related classes, see " ASSOCIATORS OF Statement" in the Windows Management Instrumentation documentation in the MSDN Library at

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 to initialize a ManagementClass variable with a ManagementClass constructor and then list all the classes related to the WMI class passed into the constructor.

using System;
using System.Management;

public class Sample
    public static void Main() 
        ManagementClass c =
            new ManagementClass("Win32_LogicalDisk");

        foreach (ManagementClass r in c.GetRelatedClasses())
                "Instances of {0} are related to this class",


.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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