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ManagementEventWatcher Class

Subscribes to temporary event notifications based on a specified event query.

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

Public Class ManagementEventWatcher _
	Inherits Component
Dim instance As ManagementEventWatcher

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.

Imports System
Imports System.Management

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

Public Class EventWatcherPolling
    Public Overloads Shared Function _
        Main(ByVal args() As String) As Integer 

        ' Create event query to be notified within 1 second of  
        ' a change in a service 
        Dim query As New WqlEventQuery( _
            "__InstanceCreationEvent", _
            New TimeSpan(0, 0, 1), _
            "TargetInstance isa ""Win32_Process""")

        ' Initialize an event watcher and subscribe to events  
        ' that match this query 
        Dim watcher As New ManagementEventWatcher
        watcher.Query = query
        ' times watcher.WaitForNextEvent in 5 seconds
        watcher.Options.Timeout = New TimeSpan(0, 0, 5)

        ' Block until the next event occurs  
        ' Note: this can be done in a loop 
        ' if waiting for more than one occurrence
        Console.WriteLine( _
          "Open an application (notepad.exe) to trigger an event.")
        Dim e As ManagementBaseObject = _

        'Display information from the event
        Console.WriteLine( _
            "Process {0} has created, path is: {1}", _
            CType(e("TargetInstance"), _
                ManagementBaseObject)("Name"), _
            CType(e("TargetInstance"), _

        'Cancel the subscription
        Return 0

    End Function 'Main
End Class 'EventWatcherPolling


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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