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WindowsIdentity.GetCurrent Method (Boolean)

Returns a WindowsIdentity object that represents the Windows identity for either the thread or the process, depending on the value of the ifImpersonating parameter.

Namespace:  System.Security.Principal
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

[SecurityPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.Demand, Flags = SecurityPermissionFlag.ControlPrincipal)]
public static WindowsIdentity GetCurrent(
	bool ifImpersonating


Type: System.Boolean

true to return the WindowsIdentity only if the thread is currently impersonating; false to return the WindowsIdentity of the thread if it is impersonating or the WindowsIdentity of the process if the thread is not currently impersonating.

Return Value

Type: System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity
A WindowsIdentity object that represents a Windows user.

If ifImpersonating is true and the thread is not impersonating, the returned WindowsIdentity object has no value. If ifImpersonating is false and the thread is impersonating, the WindowsIdentity for the thread is returned. If ifImpersonating is false and the thread is not impersonating, the WindowsIdentity for the process is returned.

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