Performance Troubleshooting Article and VS2010 SP1 Change

We are getting very near to the final release of VS2010 SP1 (if we were landing a plane the wheels would be down right now with the runway in front of us).  Thanks again for all your feedback and stay tuned for the imminent release of the product.

We’ve concentrated heavily on fixing issues you have reported, including those related to performance and reliability.  The team has collected the most common scenarios we see that may cause issues and published it here:

Visual Studio Troubleshooting

One of the interesting patterns we have seen is that Windows XP users are twice as likely to hit hardware graphics related issues than those using Vista, Windows 7 or Windows Server.  In some cases users report slower performance of VS2010 along with the potential for crashing behavior.  Very frequently this turns out to be attributable to poor/old video drivers or other operating system components.  You can manually turn off hardware acceleration in Visual Studio if you think this is impacting you.  To do this, choose Tools, Options and turn off the automatic options:



Based on the number of machine reports we have found with video driver issues, we are taking the step of turning off hardware graphics acceleration in Visual Studio by default for Windows XP users when you install the final version of VS2010 SP1.  This change will only impact the Visual Studio IDE, not other applications or your version of Windows.  You can also easily turn hardware acceleration back on using the Tools, Options dialog above.

I generally really hate making setting changes like this; as a developer I don’t like it when my environment changes defaults.  At the same time I’ve seen enough data about the issues people are hitting today and I want to ensure everyone has a good experience.  I’m blogging about this change now to provide the background on the decision as early as possible.

Thanks again for your feedback on VS2010 SP1 and get ready for downloads!


Comments (11)
  1. confonam says:

    Can we have it by THIS Monday ! Then please put a word out to the WPF dept that they need to have a roadmap and stuff.There is a lot of loss of focus at microsoft ! Please support :

  2. Nick says:


    Is already defined a release date for the SP1?

    Thanks a lot.

  3. Mick says:


    A release date is fixed for SP1 ? I have a machine to reinstall soon… 🙂


  4. Jason Zander says:

    The SP1 is now officially live, read more here:

  5. RichardDeeming says:

    @confonam: Why should we trust the person behind the "fixwpf" site? They clearly have no idea what they're talking about.

    For example:

    "… technology bets like HTML5 or Silverlight are more likely to be the end result for desktop development …"

    "… HTML5 is slowly being positioned as the proposed Windows 8 desktop development story …"

    This appears to be part of the same FUD circulated last November after the PDC, when some people claimed that HTML5 was replacing Silverlight. Now they're trying to claim it's going to replace WPF as well? Idiots.

  6. grumpy says:

    @Richard Deeming: perhaps because that guy is actually one of the guys who worked on developing WPF before he left MS.

    If you're saying that the people who worked on WPF "have no clue" about WPF, then that seems like an even *better* reason why WPF needs to be fixed. 😉

  7. RichardDeeming says:

    So he worked on WPF, left MS, and now spends his time criticizing MS for WPF? Sounds like a reasonable bloke, then. 🙂

  8. RichardDeeming says:

    A quick search for "Scott Barnes Microsoft" shows that he's been responsible for quite a lot of FUD about WPF and Silverlight, with claims that both are "dead" and will be replaced by HTML5. These claims have been echoed across the web, adding unjustified weight to the "we can't use WPF because it's dead" argument. These aren't the actions of someone I'd trust to "fix" WPF.

    As Mike Taulty said, "iPhone 4 is Dead":…/iphone-4-is-dead.aspx

  9. Scott Barnes says:

    @Richard Deeming

    FUD isn't the objective and the moment someone posts an opinion – it's just that, an opinion – that even remotely sounds negative its automatically "trolling" or "FUD". I highlight that it pains me to see the technology heading down this path but at the same time i'm MORE interesting in proving the direction i've forecasted wrong. Most people who produce FUD material often have a bias to ensuring that the negative spiral continues in the opposite direction.

    All I am doing is diagnosing the condition, we can still cure it should we wish to take action. FIXWPF is about producing the cure, meaning data to help stop pure "FUD" from building into out of control hysterics. If you're armed with Data, FUD is useless.

    Scott Barnes

  10. RichardDeeming says:


    None of your "WPF is dead" posts that I've read come across like that. I haven't seen any that imply "this will happen if we don't do something"; they all seem to say, "this has already happened, and it's too late".

    Many of these posts have been picked up by online news pubilshers, and quite often the tone has been changed from "an ex-Microsoft employee has suggested that" to "Microsoft have confirmed that", possibly for journalistic impact.

    These news articles have then inspired dozens of people to visit WPF forums and ask, "What should we use now that Microsoft have confirmed that WPF is dead?". These questions are typically followed up by a few sensible people saying "it's not dead yet" and dozens of others saying "yeah, I read that article too, it's definitely dead, let's have a funeral".

    All of this negativity feeds back to the PHBs, who don't have time to read everything, and just take away the headline: "WPF is dead". That leads them to veto WPF on any new projects – who wants to start a new project in a dead technology?

    When significant numbers of large firms stop using WPF because their PHB thinks it's dead, Microsoft will be less inclined to devote any resources to fixing it. If that happens, WPF won't stop working immediately, but it will start the slow and painful death reserved for obsolete technologies.

    That's why I think of your posts as FUD.

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