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SectionInformation.RestartOnExternalChanges Property

Gets or sets a value that specifies whether a change in an external configuration include file requires an application restart.

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

public bool RestartOnExternalChanges { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if a change in an external configuration include file requires an application restart; otherwise, false. The default is true.


The selected value conflicts with a value that is already defined.

Set the RestartOnExternalChanges property to false to prevent an application restart when configuration settings in the external include file are modified for this ConfigurationSection object.

The following example shows how to get the RestartOnExternalChanges property value of a ConfigurationSection object.

static public void RestartOnExternalChanges()
    SectionInformation sInfo =

    bool restartOnChange = 
    Console.WriteLine("Section type: {0}", 


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.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.