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Cross-thread operation not valid - Treeview

Posted on 2011-03-17
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Hi,

I've used 'the wizard' to convert a VB app created VS2003 to .Net 3.5 using Visual Studio 2010.  On running it everything seems to work (at least the core app, I've stripped out a few old bits and pieces for now) but I am getting an error with the Treeview control (called ProcessTree) - I haven't looked too far into this but I'd see if anyone could give me an easy explanation first ?

Error description -

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Cross-thread operation not valid:
Control 'ProcessTree' accessed from a thread other than the thread it was created on.

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Thanks.
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Question by:gringogordo
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UI controls can only be manipulated from the UI Thread.  In your case, it seems that a background worker thread is doing something with ProcessTree, which is causing the exception.  Another scenario for this error occurs when the background thread creates the control and the UI Thread tries to use it.
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Mike Tomlinson earned 150 total points
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Can you show the code that is causing the error?

VS2003 actually ignored this type of coding error.

You several options:
(1) Turn off this type of checking. *not recommended*
(2) Use manual Delegates and Invoke() to fix the problem.
(3) Use newer threading constructs such as the BackgroundWorker().
(4) Use a SynchronizationContext() to do the udpates.
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Thanks very much.  I hope the points allocaton is okay.  Points for 1st and points for advice!
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