FIX: You may experience slow performance and increased memory usage when you start the debugger for a Visual C++ project in Visual Studio 2005

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Consider the following scenario. You open a Microsoft Visual C++ project in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. The Visual C++ project contains symbolic debugging information. You set breakpoints in the application code. In this scenario, you may experience the following problems when you start the debugger:
  • You may experience slow performance. For example, it may take several seconds for the debugger to arrive at the breakpoints that you set.

    Note This problem is more likely to occur when the Visual C++ project contains large .pdb files.
  • You may experience increased memory usage in the Devenv.exe process.
Note These problems occur only on x86 processors. These problems do not occur on x64 processors or on IA-64 processors.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

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Note The MSDN Code Gallery displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language listed, it is because the Code Gallery resource page is not available for that language.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

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Article ID: 918559 - Last Review: 01/17/2015 14:32:38 - Revision: 4.0

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition
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