File.SetCreationTime(String, DateTime) File.SetCreationTime(String, DateTime) File.SetCreationTime(String, DateTime) File.SetCreationTime(String, DateTime) Method


Sets the date and time the file was created.

 static void SetCreationTime(System::String ^ path, DateTime creationTime);
public static void SetCreationTime (string path, DateTime creationTime);
static member SetCreationTime : string * DateTime -> unit
Public Shared Sub SetCreationTime (path As String, creationTime As DateTime)


String String String String

The file for which to set the creation date and time information.

DateTime DateTime DateTime DateTime

A DateTime containing the value to set for the creation date and time of path. This value is expressed in local time.


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

The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length.

An I/O error occurred while performing the operation.

creationTime specifies a value outside the range of dates, times, or both 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.

NTFS-formatted drives may cache file meta-info, such as file creation time, for a short period of time. As a result, it may be necessary to explicitly set the creation time of a file if you are overwriting or replacing an existing file.

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


for writing to the specified file. Associated enumeration: Write

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