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PerformanceCounter.Decrement Method ()


Decrements the associated performance counter by one through an efficient atomic operation.

Namespace:   System.Diagnostics
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

public long Decrement()

Return Value

Type: System.Int64

The decremented counter value.

Exception Condition

The counter is read-only, so the application cannot decrement it.


The instance is not correctly associated with a performance counter.


The InstanceLifetime property is set to Process when using global shared memory.


An error occurred when accessing a system API.


The platform is Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition (Me), which does not support performance counters.

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1

This method is thread safe.

You can write only to custom counters. All system counters are read-only.


The Increment, IncrementBy, and Decrement methods use interlocks to update the counter value. This helps keep the counter value accurate in multithreaded or multiprocess scenarios, but also results in a performance penalty. If you do not need the accuracy that interlocked operations provide, you can update the RawValue property directly for up to a 5 times performance improvement. However, in multithreaded scenarios, some updates to the counter value might be ignored, resulting in inaccurate data.


If the value for the InstanceLifetime property is Process and the performance counter category was created with .NET Framework version 1.0 or 1.1, an InvalidOperationException is thrown. Performance counter categories created with earlier versions use global shared memory, and the value for InstanceLifetime must be Global. If the category is not used by applications running on versions 1.0 or 1.1 of the .NET Framework, delete and recreate the category.


for reading the performance counter category if the ReadOnly property is true. Associated enumeration: PerformanceCounterPermissionAccess.Read.


for writing the performance counter category if the ReadOnly property is false. Associated enumeration: PerformanceCounterPermissionAccess.Write.

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