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Visual Studio PerfWatson Extension Delivers Faster Visual Studio Experience

Would you like Visual Studio 2010 to be even faster? Well now you can, with the new Visual Studio PerfWatson extension! Here’s how it works:

When the tool detects that the Visual Studio UI has become unresponsive, it records information about the length of the delay and the root cause, and submits a report to Microsoft. The Visual Studio team can then aggregate the data from these reports to prioritize the issues that are causing the largest or most frequent delays across our user base. By installing the PerfWatson extension, you are helping Microsoft identify and fix the performance issues that you most frequently encounter on your PC.

To enable PerfWatson perform correctly, please make sure that Windows Error Reporting (WER) is enabled on your machine. PerfWatson employs WER service to send the collected data to Microsoft.

Following are the pre-requisites for installing Visual Studio PerfWatson:

  • Windows Vista/2008/2008 R2/7 (Note: PerfWatson is not supported for Windows XP)
  • Visual Studio 2010 SP1 (Express, Professional, Premium, or Ultimate)

The extension can be downloaded from the Visual Studio Extension Manager or at the VS Gallery.

For details on WER and how to enable it, please refer to PerfWatson blog.

[Via: Visual Studio Blog]

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