Suffering from the accursed slow Visual Studio startup problem (which really shouldn't happen on the beefy i7 with 16GB RAM and SSD I use at work), I wanted to dig a little deeper and diagnose it.
devenv /logand wait for Visual Studio to start up.
- Close the IDE to close the log/stop logging.
- Assuming VS2013, this will generate ActivityLog XML and XSL files in
%APPDATA%\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\(adjust version number if you're using something other than VS2013).
ActivityLog.xml in a browser, or open
ActivityLog.xsl in VS itself and execute it (
ActivityLog.xml from the File Open dialog that pops up. This will give you a nicely-formatted HTML report where each step is timestamped, so look for the big gaps to find the things that are slowing you down (yes, it's probably Resharper).