Improve Visual Studio 2010 Performance for Windows XP

So the past couple weeks I have been using Visual Studio 2010 on a semi-slow machine. It really isn't that bad but for some reason VS has been unbearably slow. Just closing documents would freeze VS for a few minutes. It was very irritating and I just assumed it was my computer and/or the fact that VS uses WPF for its GUI.

Well I recently came across a very helpful article at Microsoft that claims to improve performance for those Windows XP users. You need to download the update and install it.

After using this for about a day now I found that most of my problems before are just gone. It's amazing and makes some sense I guess. Basically you just need the latest version of the Windows Automation APIs. These come built into Vista and Windows 7.