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Get windows username in c# windows service in 64-bit Windows 7

Posted on 2013-05-16
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Hi,

How to get the current logged in username from C# Windows service in Windows 7 64-bit system.

I'm using the following code which works fine in 32-bit Windows:


ManagementObjectSearcher searcher = new ManagementObjectSearcher("SELECT UserName from Win32_ComputerSystem");
            ManagementObjectCollection collection = searcher.Get();
           
            string username = (string)collection.Cast<ManagementBaseObject>().First()["UserName"];

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by:APoPhySpt
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hi, have you tried:



using System.Security.Principal;
......
WindowsPrincipal wp = new WindowsPrincipal(WindowsIdentity.GetCurrent());
String username = wp.Identity.Name;

Or

For UserName ->  System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity.GetCurrent().User

For ComputerName ->  System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity.GetCurrent().Name
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by:pkoivula
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Hello APoPhySpt,

Thanks for the reply but the solution you provide wont work for the Windows Service. My requirement is to get the current logged in username in which my windows service is runnng. The above code works for  windows application but not windows service.

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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger) earned 500 total points
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Most services log on with their own credentials, most often Local System or Network Service. Since they have their own logon, they do not see the "real" user.

I have searched a lot for the same question in the past, but found nothing.

I ended up creating an .exe that was installed so that it is started in the background at startup. It thus runs on the current user account and the name of the user can then be retrieved without problem.
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by:pkoivula
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OK, thanks, I'll try that.
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by:OTSSolutions
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This code is run on 64 bit windows service but not get exact user name "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM". Please suggest any thing else.
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