By default, Visual Studio 2010 automatically adjusts the Visual Studio visual experience to maximize performance and responsiveness across client configurations. For example, the use of gradients and animations in the Visual Studio IDE is reduced when running Visual Studio over Remote Desktop or in a virtual machine environment. By default Visual Studio 2010 also makes use of hardware graphics acceleration when it is available on the client. For most customers, these Visual Studio default settings will provide the best user experience, however there can be situations, for example due to bugs in a graphics hardware driver, where manual adjustments will result in an improved experience. This article describes how to make these adjustments in Visual Studio.
Examples of symptoms that may be resovled through manual adjustments include:
The Visual Studio visual experience settings are available from Tools>>Options, on the Environment>General page:
The status text beneath the settings checkboxes describes the current visual experience configuration; this text is only updated after changes have been applied.
To override Visual Studio automatic settings:
Forcing hardware graphics acceleration off can resolve WPF rendering issues that are due to driver issues, but before doing so, customers should ensure that they have the latest graphics drivers installed. Outdated drivers are a common source of WPF rendering issues (see KB 963021 for additional details).
By default Visual Studio will not use hardware graphics acceleration and not provide a rich client visual experience when running in Virtual Machine environments and on servers with HyperV enabled. Customer that choose to override these settings should consider reverting back to the default settings (check the "Automatically adjust visual experience based on client performance" checkbox) if they experience rendering or performance issues.
For more information about troubleshooting graphics issues, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
963021 Guidelines for troubleshooting graphic issues in WPF applications
Article ID: 2023207 - Last Review: 05/06/2010 21:29:00 - Revision: 3.0