RegistryKey.GetAccessControl Method (AccessControlSections)


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Returns the specified sections of the access control security for the current registry key.

Namespace:   Microsoft.Win32
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public RegistrySecurity GetAccessControl(
	AccessControlSections includeSections


Type: System.Security.AccessControl.AccessControlSections

A bitwise combination of enumeration values that specifies the type of security information to get.

Return Value

Type: System.Security.AccessControl.RegistrySecurity

An object that describes the access control permissions on the registry key represented by the current RegistryKey.

Exception Condition

The user does not have the necessary permissions.


The RegistryKey being manipulated is closed (closed keys cannot be accessed).


The current key has been deleted.

To request the access permissions currently granted to users, specify the bitwise combination of the following flags: AccessControlSections.Access, AccessControlSections.Owner, and AccessControlSections.Group. Alternatively, you can use the GetAccessControl() method overload, which specifies exactly that combination of values.

The user must have RegistryRights.ReadPermissions rights to call this method.

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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