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I have a macbook pro with 16GB Ram, as a frequent visual studio user I installed Parallels Desktop so I can use visual studios on my mac. Whenever I open visual studios its very slow and it eventually crashes every time I try to use it.

Is there any mac users out there who has got visual studios on Parallels desktop? or anyone who can help me with having a smooth experience with visual studio.

  • What version of Visual Studio. Later versions of Visual Studio use the GPU to make it look pretty, which explain the poor performance within a virtual machine, how much memory is provided to the VM? What version of Windows is running within the Virtual Machine? – Ramhound Dec 31 '13 at 16:44
  • @Ramhound its Visual Studion 2013, I've given a memory of 8GB Ram. I am running windows 7. – user1781232 Jan 6 '14 at 17:03
  • Disable the GPU acceleration and any feature that uses the GPU – Ramhound Jan 6 '14 at 17:05
  • @Ramhound how is this done? In the VM? – user1781232 Jan 6 '14 at 17:06
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Go to Tools -> Options... In the Environment - General options there are a few checkboxes that Control the Visual experience in the studio.

Try different settings by disabling the Automatically adjust visual experience based on client performance to be able to manually set the hardware acceleration option.

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