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OS: Windows 8 Pro (x64)
App: Visual Studio 2012

OK, I have a very strange issue here. I have installed Visual studio 2008, 2010, and 2012. Everything was fine with each and everyone of them. But right after I've updated them via Windows Update, Visual Studio 2012 started to become very slow to debug, and when I do debug it creates folders with names of what looks like references such as System.Drawing. And there is many of them. I do not have a problem with the folders being there (well maybe a bit) but the real issue here is the extremely slow debug time. 10-20 seconds on a fresh new project with no code or objects on the form. Where its normally less than a second.

Here is a screenshot of what I have in every project folder:[^]

Normally I google the hell out of Google until I find the answer to my problem, but it seems that no one else is having this weird issue :(
Posted 9-Jan-13 3:07am
Updated 9-Jan-13 5:21am
Well, what did you change? Tried to reinstall Visual Studio completely? I would recommend that. Did you install some extra product, such as .NET source code (Microsoft provides it, for debug purposes, with debug information). If you did, either remove it or happily use it. :-)
Rokas Gustys 9-Jan-13 11:15am
Hi, no I did not install anything. I had a cleanly installed Windows 8 Pro with nothing on it and simply installed VS2008, 2010, and 2012 all in order. Then after that I have updated them using Windows Update. And that's where the problem started occurring (VS2012 only). And yes I have tried clean re-installing, but same problem.

And who rated my question 1 star? :( I just want some help, I don't know what is going on.
Before you try to uninstall, there is nothing much to discuss. Try it. I just don't know...
Rokas Gustys 9-Jan-13 12:27pm
As I said, I did re-install it twice now and still nothing. Same problem :(
Is something else installed, which might be related? Too bad I cannot see your system...
Rokas Gustys 9-Jan-13 14:18pm
As I said there is NOTHING else, I installed VS8,10,12 after a clean install of Windows 8.
Sorry, but I think without close inspection of your system and installation it's hard to say something...

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Solution 1

It's not creating folders. For some reason, on your system you have associated the .pdb extension (which is a symbols database file for debugging) with a folder icon.
Rokas Gustys 9-Jan-13 9:19am
No, they are actual folders, I can access them. For example in the folder 'Microsoft.VisualBasic.pdb' I get another folder inside called 'CCAE9564F0074512AAB07042A8993A211' and inside that folder I get a file 'Microsoft.VisualBasic.pdb'.

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