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Visual Studio 2013 always hangs registering for layout, must renew dev license every day, every project

I'm an experienced dev, but working with Windows code for the first time. I'm using Visual Studio 2013 and EVERY time I open or create a new project and try to build/run Visual Studio hangs at "Registering the application to run from layout..."

I found a SO post that said this was related to my Developer License and I just needed to renew it. I renewed it, but it didn't work. So, I restarted VS and it still didn't work, so I rebooted Windows, and then FINALLY it worked.

I thought it was a one time issue, but EVERY DAY and EVERY PROJECT/SOLUTION that I open and try to run hangs and I have to renew my license and reboot my computer. What the hell? What is going wrong?

EDIT: I don't know what has changed, but thankfully, I only have to renew my license whenever I open a new project. I don't have to renew every day, but if I create any new project or download any new sample code project, I still need to get a new license. It doesn't make sense, but at least it's not AS horrible.


  1. If you have antivirus software installed, see if temporarily disabling it makes a difference. In my case Avast slowed most VS2013 operations to a crawl, even though I added the directories as exceptions.