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Registry.PerformanceData Field

Contains performance information for software components. This field reads the Windows registry base key HKEY_PERFORMANCE_DATA.

Namespace:  Microsoft.Win32
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static readonly RegistryKey PerformanceData

Each software component creates keys for its objects, counters when it is installed, and writes counter data while it is executing. You can access this data as you would access any other registry data, using the RegistryKey functions.

Although you use the registry to collect performance data, the data is not stored in the registry database. Instead, accessing the registry with this key causes the system to collect the data from the appropriate system object managers.

To obtain performance data from the local system, use the GetValue method, with the Registry.PerformanceData key. The first call opens the key (you do not need to explicitly open the key first). However, be sure to use the Close method to close the handle to the key when you are finished obtaining performance data. The user cannot install or remove a software component while its performance data is in use.

To obtain performance data from a remote system, you must use the OpenRemoteBaseKey method, with the computer name of the remote system and the Registry.PerformanceData key. This call retrieves a key representing the performance data for the remote system. To retrieve the data, call GetValue using this key, rather than the Registry.PerformanceData key.


On Windows Server 2003, a user must at least belong to the Performance Monitor Users group in order to access subkeys of this base key.

The following example demonstrates how to retrieve the subkeys of this key, and prints their names to the screen. Use the OpenSubKey method to create an instance of the particular subkey of interest. You can then use other operations in RegistryKey to manipulate that key. Note that this example can often return no results, since there might be no performance data.

using System;
using Microsoft.Win32;

class Reg {
    public static void Main() {

        // Create a RegistryKey, which will access the HKEY_PERFORMANCE_DATA 
        // key in the registry of this machine.
        RegistryKey rk = Registry.PerformanceData;

        // Print out the keys.

    static void PrintKeys(RegistryKey rkey) {

        // Retrieve all the subkeys for the specified key.
        String [] names = rkey.GetSubKeyNames();

        int icount = 0;

        Console.WriteLine("Subkeys of " + rkey.Name);

        // Print the contents of the array to the console. 
        foreach (String s in names) {

            // The following code puts a limit on the number 
            // of keys displayed.  Comment it out to print the 
            // complete list.
            if (icount >= 10)

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0