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Marshal.AllocCoTaskMem Method

Allocates a block of memory of specified size from the COM task memory allocator.

Namespace:  System.Runtime.InteropServices
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static IntPtr AllocCoTaskMem(
	int cb
)

Parameters

cb
Type: System.Int32
The size of the block of memory to be allocated.

Return Value

Type: System.IntPtr
An integer representing the address of the block of memory allocated. This memory must be released with Marshal.FreeCoTaskMem.

ExceptionCondition
OutOfMemoryException

There is insufficient memory to satisfy the request.

AllocCoTaskMem is one of two memory allocation API methods in the Marshal class. (Marshal.AllocHGlobal is the other.) The initial memory content returned is undefined, and the allocated memory can be larger than the requested number of bytes. This method exposes the COM CoTaskMemAlloc function, which is referred to as the COM task memory allocator.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

  • SecurityCriticalAttribute 

    requires full trust for the immediate caller. This member cannot be used by partially trusted or transparent code.

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.
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