Optimize Visual Studio performance

This article provides some suggestions to try if you find that Visual Studio is running slowly. You can also take a look at Visual Studio performance tips and tricks for more suggestions on how to improve performance.

Upgrade Visual Studio

If you are currently using Visual Studio 2015, download Visual Studio 2017 or Visual Studio 2019 for free to check out its improved performance. Solutions load two to three times faster than in Visual Studio 2015, with performance improvements in other areas too. Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio 2019 are side-by-side compatible with Visual Studio 2015, so you won't lose anything by trying it out.

If you're already using Visual Studio 2017, make sure you are running version 15.6 or later. Data shows that solutions load up to two or three times faster in version 15.6. Download it here.

Extensions and tool windows

You may have extensions installed that are slowing Visual Studio down. For help on managing extensions to improve performance, see Change extension settings to improve performance.

Similarly, you may have tool windows that are slowing Visual Studio down. For help on managing tool windows, see Change tool window settings to improve performance.


If you're thinking about upgrading your hardware, a solid state drive (SSD) has more effect on performance than additional RAM or a faster CPU.

If you do add an SSD, for optimal performance install Windows on that drive as opposed to a hard disk drive (HDD). The drive location of your Visual Studio solutions does not seem to matter as much.

Additionally, do not run your solution from a USB drive. Copy it to your HDD or SSD.

Help us improve

Your feedback helps us improve. Use the Report a Problem feature to “record” a trace and send to us. Select the feedback icon next to QuickLaunch, or select Help > Send Feedback > Report a Problem from the menu bar. For more information, see How to report a problem with Visual Studio.

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