How To Speed Up Visual Studio Start Up

Add /nosplash to the end of your visual studio shortcuts..


also you can also go to tools->options and change the startup to an empty environment to speed up open times



By Steve Novoselac

Director of Digital Technology @TrekBikes, Father, Musician, Cyclist, Homebrewer

4 replies on “How To Speed Up Visual Studio Start Up”

How significant of an improvement is hiding the splash screen? I detest splash screens that pointless delay the application start vs. just being something to look at while the application naturally starts in the background. I’m very surprised and disappointed in Microsoft that Visual Studio’s splash screen is actually an application delayer. MonoDevelop’s splash screen is a useful/appropriate one, as it shows a progress bar indicating how far along it is in the application load process.

My biggest “starting Visual Studio” annoyance is the frequent “Visual Studio 2008 is configuring the environment for first time use” message. I suspect it has something to do with our wonky roaming profile configuration at work. Looking at that message for a minute a handful of times a week is very obnoxious.


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