Faster Visual Studio with some quick steps
Here are a couple of quick steps that will make your Visual Studio faster (particularly 2005 and 2008 version):
Turn off AutoRecover
Under Tools->Options->Environment->AutoRecover, untick Save AutoRecover information every.
This turns off the AutoRecover mode, which makes sure you quickly can get crashed Visual Studio instances back.
Turn off animations
Under Tools->Options->Environment, untick Animate environment tools.
Turn off track changes
Under Tools->Options->Text Editor, untick Track changes.
Track changes is used to tell you what section of the code you've recently edited.
Turn off the Visual Studio start page
Under Tools->Options->Environment->Startup, choose the alternative Show empty environment under At startup.
Install the latest service pack
It's always a great idea to have the latest service pack installed. Download Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2008.