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getcurrentprocess (kernel32)
Returns a pseudo handle for the current process.

C# Signature:

static extern IntPtr GetCurrentProcess();

[DllImport("kernel32.dll", CharSet = CharSet.Auto, SetLastError = true)]
static extern IntPtr GetCurrentProcess();

VB Signature:

Friend Shared Function GetCurrentProcess() As IntPtr
End Function


With Version 2.0 of the .NET Framework, SafeWaitHandle is recommended as the return type in place of IntPtr. SafeWaitHandle is one of many types derived from the SafeHandle abstract class, which did not exist before Version 2.0. SafeWaitHandle is publicly exposed and is in the Microsoft.Win32.SafeHandles namespace.

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IntPtr hproc = GetCurrentProcess();

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