IWbemServices::CreateClassEnum method

The IWbemServices::CreateClassEnum method returns an enumerator for all classes that satisfy selection criteria. The caller must use the returned enumerator to retrieve the class definitions, calling IEnumWbemClassObject::Next to obtain each class or blocks of classes. It finishes by calling IEnumWbemClassObject::Release.

Note  It is not an error for the returned enumerator to have 0 (zero) elements.


HRESULT CreateClassEnum(
  const BSTR           strSuperclass,
  long                 lFlags,
  IWbemContext         *pCtx,
  IEnumWbemClassObject **ppEnum



If not NULL or blank, specifies a parent class name. Only classes that are subclasses of this class are returned in the enumerator. If it is NULL or blank, and lFlags is WBEM_FLAG_SHALLOW, only the top-level classes are returned (that is, classes that have no parent class). If it is NULL or blank and lFlags is WBEM_FLAG_DEEP, all classes within the namespace are returned.


The following flags affect the behavior of this method. The suggested value for this parameter is WBEM_FLAG_RETURN_IMMEDIATELY and WBEM_FLAG_FORWARD_ONLY for best performance.


If this flag is set, WMI retrieves the amended qualifiers stored in the localized namespace of the current connection's locale. If not set, only the qualifiers stored in the immediate namespace are retrieved.


This flag forces the enumeration to include all subclasses in the hierarchy, but not this class.


This flag forces the enumeration to include only pure instances of this class, excluding all instances of subclasses that supply properties not found in this class.


This flag causes a semisynchronous call. For more information, see Calling a Method.


This flag causes a forward-only enumerator to be returned. Typically, forward-only enumerators are faster and use less memory than conventional enumerators, but they do not allow calls to Clone or Reset.


This flag causes WMI to retain pointers to objects of the enumeration until the client releases the enumerator. Because object pointers are not released immediately, this method may fail withan HRESULT of WBEM_E_OUT_OF_MEMORY if the client attempts to enumerate a large number of objects. This flag is implied by default if you set the lFlags parameter to 0 (zero).


Typically NULL. Otherwise, this is a pointer to an IWbemContext object that can be used by the provider that is providing the requested classes. The values in the context object must be specified in the documentation for the provider. For more information about this parameter, see Making Calls to WMI.


Receives the pointer to the enumerator. The returned object has a positive reference count. The caller must call Release on the pointer when it is no longer required.

Return Value

This method returns an HRESULT that indicates the status of a method call. The following list lists the value contained withinan HRESULT.

On failure, you can obtain available information from the COM function GetErrorInfo.

COM-specific error codes also can be returned if network problems cause you to lose the remote connection to Windows Management.


Minimum supported client Windows Vista
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2008
Target Platform Windows
Header wbemcli.h (include Wbemidl.h)
Library Wbemuuid.lib
DLL Fastprox.dll; Esscli.dll; FrameDyn.dll; FrameDynOS.dll; Ntevt.dll; Stdprov.dll; Viewprov.dll; Wbemcomn.dll; Wbemcore.dll; Wbemess.dll; Wbemsvc.dll; Wmipicmp.dll; Wmidcprv.dll; Wmipjobj.dll; Wmiprvsd.dll

See Also




Retrieving an Error Code