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Lately I've been using Visual Studio 2008 and about once a day, sometimes more it will lock up. What advanced techniques can I use to determine what is causing the problem? I believe that it's one of the plug-ins I'm using *cough*Resharper*cough* but I'd like to be sure. I've been losing work and I'd like to file a bug report somewhere but I'm not seeing anything in any of my event logs which looks suspect to me.

Working on a Windows XP box.

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Try disabling the suspect plug-ins and working without it for a suitable length of time.

This will at least rule out ReSharper if that's not the cause.

You could also try running Process Monitor from SysInternals.

or, go to and follow the links through.

Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity

NOTE: Process Monitor and Process Explorer are two DIFFERENT applications.

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I'd say Process Explorer was your best bet, unless there's something specific to Visual Studio plug ins. Since you are a developer, you may get a better answer on

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