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getversionex (kernel32)
 
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Summary
Obtains extended information about the version of the operating system that is currently running.

C# Signatures:

// This must be used if OSVERSIONINFO is defined as a struct or Class - The previous [In,Out] parameter defined for
// a class could cause buffer overrun errors.
[ DllImport( "kernel32" )]
static extern bool GetVersionEx( ref OSVERSIONINFO osvi );  

VB.Net Signatures:

' This must be used if OSVERSIONINFO is defined as a struct

<DllImport("kernel32")> _
Private Shared Function GetVersionEx(ByRef osvi As OSVERSIONINFO) As Boolean
End Function

' This must be used if OSVERSIONINFO is defined as a class
<DllImport("kernel32")> _
Private Shared Function GetVersionEx(<[In](), Out()> ByVal osvi As OSVERSIONINFO) As Boolean
End Function

User-Defined Types:

OSVERSIONINFO

Notes:

None.

Tips & Tricks:

If you forget to set the OSVersionInfoSize field of the OSVERSIONINFO struct, the function will return false. GetLastError() will return:

127

ERROR_PROC_NOT_FOUND

"The specified procedure could not be found."

Sample Code:

Using the OSVERSIONINFO class and corresponding signature:

Console.WriteLine( "\nPassing OSVERSIONINFO as class" );

OSVERSIONINFO osvi = new OSVERSIONINFO();
osvi.OSVersionInfoSize = Marshal.SizeOf( osvi );

GetVersionEx( osvi );

Console.WriteLine( "Class size:    {0}", osvi.OSVersionInfoSize );

Using the OSVERSIONINFO struct and corresponding signature:

Console.WriteLine( "\nPassing OSVERSIONINFO as struct" );

OSVERSIONINFO osvi2 = new OSVERSIONINFO();
osvi2.OSVersionInfoSize = Marshal.SizeOf(ref typeof(OSVERSIONINFO) );

GetVersionEx( ref osvi2 );

Console.WriteLine( "Struct size:   {0}", osvi2.OSVersionInfoSize );

Alternative Managed API:

System.Environment.OSVersion property

    Friend Function IsWinVista() As Boolean
    Dim osInfo As System.OperatingSystem = System.Environment.OSVersion
    Return (osInfo.Platform = PlatformID.Win32NT AndAlso osInfo.Version.Major = 6)
    End Function

    Friend Function IsWinXP() As Boolean
    Dim osInfo As System.OperatingSystem = System.Environment.OSVersion
    Return (osInfo.Platform = PlatformID.Win32NT AndAlso osInfo.Version.Major = 5 AndAlso osInfo.Version.Minor >= 1)
    End Function

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