Control.Invoke does not spawn a new thread. Control.Invoke does some "magic" that causes the "invoked" code to execute on the thread that created the control (tipically the main thread).
And a note:
I'm not sure what was your solution after all. Creating a new thread every time you need to call into the COM component? That's scary!
Aah thanks for informing me about the invoke mechanics. Thinking about it now, I realize I reduced it in my mind to "it spawnes another thread that can touch
the UI", since when I encountered invokes I did not fully grasp that it was using delegates. Now I do. Still learning here
That was my solution yes. Reason being that there are thousands of lines of code. I cannot go change the structure of the program now so I need to handle this problem on a case by case basis. And that is, creating a new MTA thread and then returning the
resulting work somehow. It worked, no exceptions, but clearly I broke something. And it was scary to do it that way. I don't like hacking.
Thanks for the help.