January 12, 2011

Improving Visual Studio 2010 Performance on Win XP

At my "day job" I have the pleasure of working with Visual Studio 2010 on a Windows XP laptop with only 2Gb of RAM.  For those of you that follow me on twitter, you might have noticed a series of frustration tweets awhile back when Visual Studio was crashing on me between three and ten times per day.  With the recommendation of a Microsoft Visual Studio team member we have found a way to resolve the issue.

In our case the issues were traced back to issues with the Graphics Card and or some other display issue.  The recommendation was to turn off hardware acceleration support for Visual Studio.  This can be done via "Tools -> Options", see the below screen capture, simply remove the "

VS Settings

Once I made this change I noticed a few things.  First was that I have been running this way for upwards of 8 days without a single crash.  The second is that the overall performance of Visual Studio is better, it is more responsive and locks up less.

I hope this is helpful to any of you running Windows XP and experiencing performance issues with Visual Studio.

tags: Visual Studio, Quick Tips
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