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How to determine if assembly exists before attempting load using Reflection

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We are using Reflection to load an assembly when an application first starts up.  How would I determine if the assembly exists before executing Reflection.Assembly.Load?
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What type of assembly are you trying to load?  Is it stored in the GAC, or a separate DLL?  If it is a separate DLL, you should be able to use System.IO.File.Exists(path) to find out if the file exists.  
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That's what I was originally going to do - I just wondered if there was another option.  Thanks
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You could attach a handle to AppDomain.CurrentDomain.AssemblyResolve, which is called when the assembly can't be found, so that you can provide the assembly, but that is a different approach than what you are describing.
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Thank you very much!
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