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Directory.SetLastWriteTimeUtc Method

Sets the date and time, in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) format, that a directory was last written to.

Namespace:  System.IO
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

Public Shared Sub SetLastWriteTimeUtc ( _
	path As String, _
	lastWriteTimeUtc As DateTime _


Type: System.String
The path of the directory.
Type: System.DateTime
The date and time the directory was last written to. This value is expressed in UTC time.


The specified path was not found.


path is a zero-length string, contains only white space, or contains one or more invalid characters as defined by InvalidPathChars.


path is Nothing.


The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length. For example, on Windows-based platforms, paths must be less than 248 characters and file names must be less than 260 characters.


The caller does not have the required permission.


The current operating system is not Windows NT or later.


lastWriteTimeUtc specifies a value outside the range of dates or times permitted for this operation.

The path parameter is permitted to specify relative or absolute path information. Relative path information is interpreted as relative to the current working directory. To obtain the current working directory, see GetCurrentDirectory.

The path parameter is not case-sensitive.

For a list of common I/O tasks, see Common I/O Tasks.

Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition Platform Note: These operating systems do not support this method.

The following code example illustrates the differences in output when using Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) output.

' This sample shows the differences between dates from methods that use
'coordinated universal time (UTC) format and those that do not.
Imports System
Imports System.IO

Public Class DirectoryUTCTime

   Public Shared Sub Main()
      ' Set the directory.
      Dim n As String = "C:\test\newdir"
      'Create two variables to use to set the time.
      Dim dtime1 As New DateTime(2002, 1, 3)
      Dim dtime2 As New DateTime(1999, 1, 1)

      'Create the directory.
      Catch e As IOException
      End Try

      'Set the creation and last access times to a variable DateTime value.
      Directory.SetCreationTime(n, dtime1)
      Directory.SetLastAccessTimeUtc(n, dtime1)

      ' Print to console the results.
      Console.WriteLine("Creation Date: {0}", Directory.GetCreationTime(n))
      Console.WriteLine("UTC creation Date: {0}", Directory.GetCreationTimeUtc(n))
      Console.WriteLine("Last write time: {0}", Directory.GetLastWriteTime(n))
      Console.WriteLine("UTC last write time: {0}", Directory.GetLastWriteTimeUtc(n))
      Console.WriteLine("Last access time: {0}", Directory.GetLastAccessTime(n))
      Console.WriteLine("UTC last access time: {0}", Directory.GetLastAccessTimeUtc(n))

      'Set the last write time to a different value.
      Directory.SetLastWriteTimeUtc(n, dtime2)
      Console.WriteLine("Changed last write time: {0}", Directory.GetLastWriteTimeUtc(n))
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'DirectoryUTCTime

' Since this sample deals with dates and times, the output will vary
' depending on when you run the executable. Here is one example of the output:

' Creation Date: 1/3/2002 12:00:00 AM
' UTC creation Date: 1/3/2002 8:00:00 AM
' Last write time: 12/31/1998 4:00:00 PM
' UTC last write time: 1/1/1999 12:00:00 AM
' Last access time: 1/2/2002 4:00:00 PM
' UTC last access time: 1/3/2002 12:00:00 AM
' Changed last write time: 1/1/1999 12:00:00 AM

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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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