Advanced features in Visual Studio 2010 Express

Hey everyone,

We mostly use Visual Studio 2010 express edition for Piko3D development. We’ve been using this version of visual studio for a couple of years now, and we were always annoyed by what we perceived to be, limited functionality of the program.

With a default installation, a lot of the standard features you find in the full version of Visual studio are disabled.
For instance, amongst others, the following features are disabled:

  • Attaching the debugger to running processes
  • Memory windows, for viewing program memory,
  • Cancel build steps
  • Pause a running program
  • Restart a running program
  • The entire “Build” menu in the main menu bar.

We always thought this was pretty annoying! Turns out, each one of these features IS available!
And I only noticed it yesterday. I’ve been cursing at Microsoft time and time again for the what I thought “absence” of these features, and it turns out they are there all along! We all installed visual studio 2012 with “Basic Settings” … Turns out you need “Expert Settings” for all of this to be available!

Expert setting visual studio

I’ve seen a lot of people online looking for these options in the Express editions of Visual studio, so I thought I’d make a post.
You can find the “Expert mode” in the Tools menu, under “Settings”


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