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Speed of TrueCrypt whole disk encryption

I'm getting a new development laptop soon, and I'm thinking of using TrueCrypt to encrypt the whole disk. What kind of performance drop can I expect? 10%? 30%? More? Also, assuming the workload has ...
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How do I install a VSIX file in Visual Studio?

I just downloaded a VSIX file from the Visual Studio Gallery. How do I install it in Visual Studio?
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Always start Visual Studio as an Administrator on Windows 8

Whenever I start Visual Studio 2012 in Windows 8 it always needs Administrator permissions to access IIS meta data and debug local web applications on IIS. If I turn UAC off, I cannot launch the ...
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How do I sync the Solution Explorer with the current File in Visual Studio?

When I have an open code file in Visual Studio that I am editing I would like to keep that same file highlighted inside of the solution Explorer so that I know where I am at. What I'd really like ...
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Delete a line in Visual Studio without copying it?

There is the shortcut Shift Del to delete a line, but I want to delete without modifying what is in the clipboard. Is there some way to configure it or another shortcut?
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Why sometimes Windows cannot kill a process?

Right now I'm trying to Run/Debug my application in Visual Studio, but it cannot create it because the last instance of the app.vshost.exe is still running. Then, by using the Task Manager I'm trying ...
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VS 2010 Security Warning When Opening My Own Projects

Whenever I try to open my own projects in VS 2010 Express, I get the following message: You should only open projects from a trustworthy source I can click OK on the message and open the ...
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Which PC components make the biggest impact on your compile times for Visual Studio?

Which PC specifications have the biggest impact on your compile times? Disk? Clock speed? Number of CPU cores?
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Visual Studio: significant performance difference on VMware Fusion vs Bootcamp?

I've just purchased a new MacBook Pro and was looking at installing Windows 7 via Bootcamp, so that i can do Visual Studio development work, but i was thinking it would make more sense to move my non ...
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Building a fast Visual Studio machine

I want to build a PC to run Visual Studio very quickly. I have about 30 C# projects that include WCF services, IIS web services. So for me, quickly means fast edit, compile, run and debug cycles. ...
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Windows 7 access denied to executables.. by what?

Ever since I started using Windows 7 this problem has been bothering me. From time to time I see similar questions popping up on misc forums, but never did I see an answer. Here are two scenarios that ...
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Why does Visual Studio run in “Always on top” mode?

My copy of Visual Studio seems to be set in "Always On Top" Mode. It runs this way by default; there seems to be no way of changing it. Visual Studio runs as Administrator/Elevated, but that really ...
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Windows 8.1 comes with SQL Server and Visual C++?

My friend got a new Windows 8.1 laptop. I am helping her cleanup things that came "free" from HP (games, etc). In the list of programs installed, I see "Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition" and ...
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Do SSD disks do not last as long with Windows XP as with other OS? [closed]

We do software development (Visual C++) on Windows, and already had a few cases where developers using SSD disks with Windows XP had to replace their disks after a (one, 1) year of usage, because they ...
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Want Visual Studio 2010 stop using the drive when there's lots of RAM in Windows 7 64 bit

I will be upgrading my system to use 16GB of DDR3 RAM in a Windows 7 64 bit and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. CPU will be 6 cores 3.2Ghz. I do lots of compiles/day and my goal for VS is to show a web ...
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Should I store my code/projects on my SSD or my secondary drive?

I just got a new box. It has an SSD for the primary drive, and a 1TB SATA for the secondary drive. I'm going to run windows and my binaries on the SSD and keep all my downloads/documents/music/etc ...
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VS11 Black Background when printing

When I try to print my Sourcecode from Visual Studio 11 RC, the Code gets printed as white on black, not the other way around. I tried searching for it in Enviroment- Colors- Printer, but I don't see ...
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Dual-boot or virtual machine for Linux programmer that does some Visual Studio development?

The scenario: I am a freelance software developer that mostly develop on Linux (Python, MySQL, MongoDB etc.) My work computer is a Lenovo laptop w/ a i7 processor and 8GB RAM. Big HD + 128 GB SSD. ...
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Can I stop Visual Studio spawning a web browser when I start debugging?

Can I stop Visual Studio spawning a web browser when I start debugging in VS2010? I have the site open already, so I don't need Visual Studio to spawn another window/tab/etc :\ I'd love to be able ...
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Why does Windows Explorer not recognise Visual Studio 2010b2 solution files?

(No actual programming involved, hence posting here instead of SO.) A couple of days ago I installed Visual Studio 2010 beta 2 on freshly installed Windows 7 box. This has never had VS2010 beta 1 ...
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Is Visual Studio 2008 a 32Bit Application?

Is the Visual Studio Application 32Bit , and thus can only address max 4GB ram?
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Is it worth reinstalling to enable AHCI on my SSD in order to improve compile performance under Visual Studio?

I am compiling to an SSD connected through SATA using IDE emulation on Windows 7. Unfortunately, I forgot to enable AHCI when I installed, and though there are ways of performing surgery on Windows ...
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Benchmarks relevant for a Visual Studio .NET development workstation

I am developing a system with Windows 7 64-bit, Visual Studio and Sharepoint on a virtual workstation on some kind of VMWare server. The system is painfully slow, with Visual Studio lagging behind ...
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How can I compile a .NET project without having Visual Studio installed?

I want to compile a .NET/C# project, but I don't want to install Visual Studio to do this. What tools do I need and how can I compile the project?
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Will Visual Studio 2008 work on Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)?

I would like to know whether Visual Studio 2008 works on Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit). I am specific about the 64 bit Home Premium version of Windows 7. Regards, Naveen Jose
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Application Screen Repainting Issues

I have this issue lately at work. It drives be nuts, and I finally stopped to ask this question. It's quite often that an application I've been running just randomly fails to repaint itself for a ...
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Visual Studio .NET 2003 on Windows 7 hangs on search

So I have Visual Studio 2003 running on Windows 7 - yeah I am aware it isn't officially supported - and no, unfortunately I can't change that situation :-( For the most part it works OK but I have a ...
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DreamSpark is really giving me free software? [closed]

So basically I heard today that with a CJP card (a Dutch card for cultural activities etc.) I can download Visual Studio Professional from DreamSpark. It was all simple, I went to www.dreamspark.com, ...
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What does the number on the visual studio solution icon represent?

Just out of curiosity - what does the number represent? At first I thought it was simply the version/year, because I saw some 10's and some 8's (I have vs 2010 and 2008) but, then why do I have some ...
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Using 64bit Windows, how much RAM is sensible for running VisualStudio?

I am probably going to migrate my work laptop (WinXP, ThinkPad T61) to Windows7 soon, and want to take the opportunity to upgrade to a 64bit OS and use the infinite amounts of RAM this will allow :) ...
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VS 2012 missing recent solutions expander in Start menu

I really like the Windows 7 feature of having recent/pinned items for applications directly available in the Start menu through an expander on the right side of the application item. However, for VS ...
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In VirtualBox, how can I access host localhost from guest (Visual Studio Dev Server from IE7 testing VM)?

Host OS is Win7 running MyApp in the Visual Studio Development Server, bound to localhost:51227, VM is VirtualBox configured with NAT. Guest OS is Win XP with IE7 installed. My goal is to debug MyApp ...
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Minimum disk space for Windows 7/VS2010/Expression 3 etc

I'm about to boot camp my at home PC (a Mac, if not obvious) with the intention of only doing some .NET development on it. I have about 60GB to work with, so only want enough room for the Windows ...
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What happened to design view in Visual Studio 2013?

Visual Studio has the option to view html in 3 views: design, split an source. (image from VS2012) All 3 options seem to have disappeared in Visual Studio 2013. Any ideas?
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How to get a “zoomed out” code view in Visual Studio?

Sublime Text and Komodo IDE both have a very neat feature where you have a preview of the entire file you are working on in a "zoomed out" view that you can scrub up and down to move around your code. ...
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Visual Studio 11 installation error

I am trying to install the Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview on Windows Server 2008 R2. When it gets to the Microsoft.NET Framework 4 Multi-Targeting Pack package I get the following error: ...
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Long 20 minute startup/boot after Visual Studio Install

Yesterday I wanted to get back into a bit of XNA so I installed Visual Studio 2012 Express Desktop and Visual Studio C# 2010. I also installed the XNA framework (which needs Games for Windows on ...
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Is it necessary to install SQL05 Express w/VS2008 if I have SQL Server 2005

Is it necessary to install SQL Server 2005 Express with Visual Studio 2005/2008 if I already have SQL Server 2005 installed? I'm wondering if SQL Server Express adds any integration that SQL Server ...
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Can someone explain Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2010 pricing?

We're a small team of 4 developers. We currently have MSDN Professional subscriptions. When 2010 comes out next month, will we need to buy new MSDN subscriptions? -- Is it possible to upgrade from ...
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How to make CTRL + / toggle a comment in Visual Studio

How can I make CTRL + / toggle a comment in Visual Studio, as it does with XCode and Eclipse?
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How can I get Visual Studio 2008 to align my assignment operators?

I had this in Vim and miss it dearly now that I'm confined to Visual Studio. I'd like to take this: MyType type_obj = new MyType(); MyLongerType longer_type_obj = new LongerType() To this: MyType ...
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.NET development in OS X, fastest version of Windows for Parallels?

I googled my brains out and searched on here but found nothing. I am wondering which version of windows should run fastest on parallels in snow leopard. I am using Visual Studio in Coherence mode for ...
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Difference between Visual Basic and Visual Studio?

I was wondering what the difference is between installing Visual Basic and Visual Studio?
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Keyboard shortcut to move line up/down in Visual Studio 2012?

Is there a shortcut to move a line up/down? Visual Studio 2010 Productivity Power Tools had this feature, is it built-in on Visual Studio 2012? Is there perhaps a light extension that adds this ...
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Visual Studio 2008 Debugger really slow with SSD

My setup is a laptop with Windows 7 64-bit, Visual Studio 2008 SP1 on an Intel X25-M 4 GB SSD with page file turned off (no need) and 2.2 GHz Core Duo. What happens is weird: When I build my project ...
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Set Windows Update to include Visual Studio

Can I set Windows Update to include also updates to Visual Studio Beta? For example, Microsoft just announced April update for Visual Studio 11 Beta. It would be great, if I was able to install them ...
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Install Visual Studio 2010 on SSD drive, or HDD for better performance?

I'm going to be installing Visual Studio 2010. I already have my source code on the SSD. For best performance, especially time to open the solution and compiling time, would it be better to install ...
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Programming productivity: How to hide cursor while typing

Whenever I click somewhere to type some code, by definition that's exactly where my mouse cursor is, which is obscuring what I'm trying to type. Often, if I forget to move the cursor away before ...
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Visual Studio 2010 Professional, is it legal to install on a second pc?

Suppose you have Visual Studio 2010 Professional installed on the desktop pc and also want to install it on a laptop to have it available when traveling. Is this legal? Thanks.
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Prompt if I really want to close visual studio?

Anyone know if I can have visual studio prompt me if I really want to close it (I believe Eclipse prompts before closing)? Or some other way of stopping it from closing when I hit the "X". Thanks ...