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Our data layer project has the usual hundreds of generated files.  Several months ago that was no issue, but over the last month or so things began to get slower and slower.  My first attempt to get back to reasonable performance was to break the data project out of my main solution.  For the last few weeks even the separate project was hard to work with.  I turned off Ankh, the Subversion add-in for Visual Studio.  That seemed to help a bit.  I even tried turning off Norton when loading the project but was still faced with load times of 5 to 7 minutes.  Performance didn’t get any better after the project was loaded.  Simple click and traverse operations were painfully SLOW.

 

So I called for help.  After trying all the Google suggestions to no avail, I emailed the Charlotte Radiology development team.  Matt Duffield came through.  He suggested selecting Tools / Import and Export Settings … / Reset All Settings.  We’re using Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite, but I would expect this fix to work most editions of the IDE.

 

Matt reports that he has to perform this operation every so often to keep the performance up on the IDE.  We haven’t seen any side effects, but then Matt and I both favor the standard settings.  It does NOT affect our add-ins.

 

So how much did it help?  My data project was taking well over 6 minutes to load.  After the fix it loads in 15 seconds.  “We report, you decide.”

 

  Bill J

 

 

Posted on Saturday, August 5, 2006 8:31 AM 3. Who knew? | Back to top

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Many thanks for the tip!

My copy of Visual Studio 2005 Professional was starting to crawl after I had installed Ankh... resetting seems to have restored VS to its former glory.

...is there a similar tip for crawling programmers? :)
Left by Jones on Feb 25, 2007 11:05 AM

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I find that moving from vb6 to vs2005 is really nasty, vb6 flies where vs2005 you have to wait for EVERYTHING.

Even the compiled programs are significantly slower in operation.
Left by Martin on Apr 05, 2007 7:57 AM

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Thank you, thank you, thank you. VS2005 was taking about 30 seconds to load the IDE only without a project .. now it takes 3 seconds.

Left by Richard Edwards on May 08, 2007 8:50 AM

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Thanx a lot! VS2005 opens ~15 times faster now
Left by Robertas Bastys on Sep 29, 2007 5:46 AM

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What do you mean resetting? What did you do to fix this?
Left by Phil Bishop on Oct 01, 2007 4:36 PM

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my form is slow when i change the code and alternative to form desgin.
Left by Talal Hallaj on Nov 04, 2007 1:46 PM

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my form is slow when i change the code and alternative to form desgin.
Left by Talal Hallaj on Nov 04, 2007 1:46 PM

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Nice tip, its just that now all my third party components was removed from the toolbar, ill get over it ;).
Left by S. Braathen on Nov 27, 2007 5:36 AM

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Try downloading the ISO image and either burn it onto CD or mount the image as a virtual drive (latter requires Daemon Tools or similar)
Left by mincey on Mar 25, 2008 6:57 AM

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I have very slow loads on certain projects. It is, however, the result of the loading/refreshing of the designer window.

If the designer window in an afflicted project is closed before the project is closed, then it reopens quickly. If the designer is left open, then when the project is re-opened it adds a good part of an extra minute.

Further symtoms:
This minute is also added if the Form is modified in code (particularly when InitializeComponent() is modified - but only if one activates (displays) the designer window.

I made a digital clock control: it ticks in the designer window!

Clearly, the designer is the culprit, possibly spending a lot of it's time quitely timing-out of various events.

I realize that some 'execution' is required to render the controls, but it actually inhibits coding to an extent because of the price to be paid.

How do I stop (or at least control) this annoyance? It was visible in VS2003 and has persisted through VS2008, after conversion (both to /clr:oldsyntax and /clr).

Left by Balboos HaGadol on Mar 28, 2008 10:57 AM

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I am facing the similar kind of load problem in Visual Studio 6.0. But when i disabled the Norton Service, it is getting solved.

Left by JothiMurugeswaran on May 08, 2008 3:36 AM

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Thank you so much for such a valuable tip. You've saved me a lot of time and aggravation.
Left by Rudy on May 20, 2008 9:48 PM

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Thanks for the tip, it really made VS2005 load faster but I am having problem loading designer window. It was loading a lot faster earlier but now the designer window for an existing form is laoding very very slow. Any help will be appreciated.
Left by Adil on May 26, 2008 1:58 AM

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VS can load the app very slow if you have lots of breakpoints. if you remove them then it will load very fast. but who wants to loose the breakpoints?
i found one link which provides help
http://saurabhramya.googlepages.com/save%26loadbreakpointsinvisualstudio
Left by alok on Jun 07, 2008 9:40 AM

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Great Great Great, on my notebook with 2gb ram visual studio comes up in 2 seconds !! before it takes sometimes 4 or 5 minutes. Thank you
Left by Emanuele on Aug 08, 2008 2:44 AM

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Thank you soooooo much! I am pulling my hair off for a few hours to find the solution. Resetting the settings worked fine!
Left by ersin inan on Nov 01, 2008 3:31 AM

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Hi, I am new to VS2005. my application size arround 1.5 gb , so very slow to compile and running. If I debug the application system will be hung. i am using intel 3.0 GHz processor 1 GB RAM
Left by siddhes on May 18, 2009 8:07 AM

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Thanks Man.... It worked for me
Left by Amit Sahai on Jun 10, 2009 12:38 AM

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Thank you. This tip was great help. I had a solution with more than 25 projects which used to take about 4-5 mins. After resetting it opened within 10 seconds.
Left by Amar on Aug 27, 2009 10:20 PM

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First tip1:
Open only project needed in VS

Second Tip:
Go Tools/Options/Startup and select Show empty environment at startup
Last tip:
If you are not C++ developer uninstall C++ from VS.C++ eats a lot of resources.
Hope it helps!
Left by Talley Ouro on Feb 06, 2010 9:42 PM

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thanks a lot Bill J, this worked on my VS2008
Left by Bojan on Feb 25, 2010 2:46 AM

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Just liked this tip along with Talley Ouro tip to remove C++ if not using. It really helped me to boost my loading speed and reduced the memory usage. Thanks for posting this message.
Left by Triguna on Mar 15, 2010 8:25 AM

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I found that resetting the settings had no effect (probably because they were all pretty standard anyway), but opening the project and then saving the solution with new .sln and .suo files had a huge effect. New sln and suo sizes: 1 & 8KB. Old sln and suo sizes: 1 & 457KB. The reason for the slowness was reading all the settings from the suo file. It appears this file just grows, so when anything changes, the changes are added to the file rather than overwriting ones already there. So I'm keeping a copy of the new suo file and simply overwriting the bloated one when performance gets too horrible.
Left by Dan Bradley on May 06, 2010 6:04 AM

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My project load fast, but several forms require 5 minutes to load. then run fast. The problem occurs on Windows7 64 bits computers. The problem does not occur on WindowsXP 32bit computers.
Left by Dennis on Sep 29, 2010 2:50 PM

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visual studio 2005.net working very slow
Left by SOHIL on Nov 25, 2010 6:21 AM

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worked like a charm ... many thanks ...
Left by Teddy A. on Dec 06, 2010 8:19 AM

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Did the trick also on VS2010.
Thanks much.
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