Friday, March 6, 2009

Visual Studio Help Blocks

I was using Visual Studio 2008 in Virtual PC when I accidentally pressed a Help button. It was a virtual machine so no one used the Document Explorer before. Visual Studio user interface became unresponsive, Help system started processing help files. I got tired of it after a few minutes.

Workaround for the problem:

  1. Kill Visual Studio 2008 (from Task Manager)
  2. Set Document Explorer thread priority to Below Normal
  3. Restart Visual Studio 2008

So help system will be initialized next time and you can continue working on your project.