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Prevent Visual Assist from loading

Prevent Visual Assist from loading in your IDE, without uninstalling Visual Assist, if you need to debug or test the IDE without extensions. Steps vary by IDE.

Visual Studio 2012 and newer

Use the Extension and Updates tool (Options | Tools | Extension and Updates) to disable Visual Assist.

Restart your IDE.

Visual Studio 2010

Use the Extension Manager (Options | Tools | Extension Manager) to disable Visual Assist.

Restart your IDE.

Visual Studio 2008

By design of Microsoft, described here, you cannot use the Add-In Manager to prevent Visual Assist from loading at startup. Instead, exit your IDE and edit the registry:

For 32-bit Windows:

HKLM \ Software \ Microsoft \ VisualStudio \ 9.0 \ Addins \ VAssistNET.Connect9 \ LoadBehavior = 0

For 64-bit Windows:

HKLM \ Software \ Wow6432Node \ Microsoft \ VisualStudio \ 9.0 \ Addins \ VAssistNET.Connect9 \ LoadBehavior = 0

Set the value data 1 to make Visual Assist load on startup.

Visual Studio 2005

By design of Microsoft, described here, you cannot use the Add-In Manager to prevent Visual Assist from loading at startup. Instead, exit your IDE and edit the registry:

For 32-bit Windows:

HKLM \ Software \ Microsoft \ VisualStudio \ 8.0 \ Addins \ VAssistNET.Connect8 \ LoadBehavior = 0

For 64-bit Windows:

HKLM \ Software \ Wow6432Node \ Microsoft \ VisualStudio \ 8.0 \ Addins \ VAssistNET.Connect8 \ LoadBehavior = 0

Set the value data to 1 to make Visual Assist load on startup.

Visual Studio 2003 and Visual Studio 2002

In IDE | Tools | Add-in Manager, uncheck Startup for Visual Assist.

Visual C++ 6.0

In IDE | Tools | Customize | Add-ins and Macro Files, uncheck the entry for Visual Assist.