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Marshal::GetHRForException Method

Converts the specified exception to an HRESULT.

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

static int GetHRForException(
	Exception^ e


Type: System::Exception

The exception to convert to an HRESULT.

Return Value

Type: System::Int32
The HRESULT mapped to the supplied exception.

GetHRForException also sets up an IErrorInfo Interface interface for the exception that can be obtained by calling the COM GetErrorInfoNEEDGUID function. You can use this function to return an HRESULT value on a managed class implementation of a COM interface where you apply the System.Runtime.InteropServices::PreserveSigAttribute. Have the attributed method catch all exceptions and use GetHRForException to return the appropriate HRESULT value. Allowing an exception to propagate outside the method produces incorrect behavior. (In fact, the common language runtime fails to pass an exception to a COM client that calls such a method through a v-table.)

Note that the GetHRForException method sets the IErrorInfo of the current thread. This can cause unexpected results for methods like the ThrowExceptionForHR methods that default to using the IErrorInfo of the current thread if it is set.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

  • SecurityCriticalAttribute 

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

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