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SafeHandle.Close Method

Marks the handle for releasing and freeing resources.

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

public function Close()

Calling the Close or Dispose method allows the resources to be freed. This might not happen immediately if other threads are using the same safe handle object, but will happen as soon as that is no longer the case. Although most classes that use the SafeHandle class do not need to provide a finalizer, this is sometimes necessary (for example, to flush out file buffers or to write some data back into memory). In this case, the class can provide a finalizer that is guaranteed to run before the SafeHandle critical finalizer runs.

Call the Close or Dispose method when you are finished using the SafeHandle object.

NoteNote:

Always call Close or Dispose before you release your last reference to the SafeHandle object. Otherwise, the resources it is using will not be freed until the garbage collector calls the SafeHandle object's Finalize method.

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

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