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Posted 19 Mar 2012
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Visual Studio 2010 WAS painfully slow

, 19 Mar 2012
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VS2010 *was* painfully slow - now fixed!

This is a very quick tip for anyone who, like me, has found Visual Studio 2010 to be painfully slow.

Go to
Tools ==> Options ==> Environment ==> General ==> Visual Experience

Automatically adjust visual experience based on client performance

Use graphics hardware acceleration if available

No promises that this will work for you - but the difference it made for me was VAST!!!

For information, I'm running VS2010 Pro SP1 on W7 Pro SP1 x64 / AMD 2GHz dual core / 6GB RAM on an ASUS M2NPV-MX motherboard (with integrated NVidia GeForce 6150 graphics) - and everything patched / up to date with latest drivers etc.

With graphics hardware acceleration turned on the editor just clunked - it could take seconds for the screen to catch up with cursor movement / scrolling / typing - with it turned off I'm back to a nice responsive environment.

Hope this helps someone out there!


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QuestionYES !! Worked For Me !!! Laptop Was Slow. Desktops Were Fast. Pin
anagon27-Jun-16 4:07
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GeneralWorks! Pin
Magixis25-Apr-13 7:56
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GeneralGreat !! Pin
hamokshaelzaki31-Jan-13 5:23
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Questionit works! Pin
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Questionwork for me Pin
CoffeeShop11-Dec-12 16:16
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
karthik cad/cam22-Nov-12 18:44
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Generalworks for me too !!! Pin
sanjaylk20-Sep-12 19:51
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
sanjaylk20-Sep-12 19:49
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Questiongreat !! Pin
Sergelp18-Sep-12 9:56
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QuestionWorks for me too ! Pin
Charles R Hankey11-Apr-12 17:36
memberCharles R Hankey11-Apr-12 17:36 
QuestionYou might consider a non-integrated video adapter Pin
Robert S Sharp20-Mar-12 5:53
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AnswerRe: You might consider a non-integrated video adapter Pin
NuttingCDEF20-Mar-12 12:34
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GeneralWorks for me!! Pin
pietvredeveld20-Mar-12 1:32
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