Visual Studio 2012 Freezes on Solution Load RRS feed

  • Question

  • Visual Studio 2012 freezes when loading an existing solution. This is annoying. Is there a way to stop Visual Studio from freezing when attempting to reload an existing solution?

    Joseph Stanish Sr. Application Developer Wells Fargo

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 3:29 PM


  • Hi Joseph,

    Thank you for posting in the MSDN forum.

    Actually there are several possible reasons which may freeze the VS IDE.

    For example, the Windows Environment, the VS IDE or projects itself or others, I provide some steps to narrow down this issue.

    If you have different machines, please test the same solution in other VS2012 machine, if it works well, we could make sure that it is not the project issue, if so, we could think about the Windows and VS IDE.

    (1)To make sure that it is not your solution issue.

    Please delete the .suo file in your project folder, and then re-open your project file, test it again.

    To make sure that whether the project files are corrupted, we could create a blank solution, and then copy the previous projects files to this new solution.

     (2)To make sure that it is not your VS IDE issue.

    For example, to make sure that it is not the VS add-ins or extension tools issue, we often run VS in safe mode.


    To make sure that it is not the VS settings’ issue, we’d better reset VS settings.

    Please also install the VS2012 update 4.

    If you open several VS Editor, please close other projects, just open one editor, test it again.

    (3)To make sure that it is not the windows Environment issue.

    Restart the machine, we often close other third party processes/tools like the Firewall or the Anti-virus or others, we also need to make sure that the task manger is free before we open our projects.

    Best Regards,


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    Friday, October 31, 2014 8:33 AM