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Gets the path to the system special folder identified by the specified enumeration.
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
- Type: System.Environment.SpecialFolder
An enumerated constant that identifies a system special folder.
Return ValueType: System.String
The path to the specified system special folder, if that folder physically exists on your computer; otherwise, the empty string ("").
A folder will not physically exist if the operating system did not create it, the existing folder was deleted, or the folder is a virtual directory, such as My Computer, which does not correspond to a physical path.
This method retrieves the path to a system special folder, such as Program Files, Programs, System, or Startup, which can be used to access common information. Special folders are set by default by the system, or explicitly by the user, when installing a version of Windows.
The folder parameter designates the special folder to retrieve and must be one of the values in the Environment.SpecialFolder enumeration; any other value throws an exception.
For more information about special folders, see the CSIDL values topic.
Windows PhoneThis member has a SecurityCriticalAttribute attribute on Windows Phone. This attribute restricts this member to internal use. Application code that uses this member throws a MethodAccessException.