Developer Guide and Reference


Selecting a Configuration

A configuration contains settings that define the final binary output file that you create within a project. It specifies the type of application to build, the platform on which it is to run, and the tool settings to use when building.

Debug and Release Configurations

When you create a new project, Visual Studio* automatically creates the following configurations:
By default, the debug configuration sets project options to include the debug symbol information in the debug configuration. It also turns off optimizations. Before you can debug an application, you must build a debug configuration for the project.
(Retail) configuration
The release configuration does
include the debug symbol information, and it uses any optimizations that you have chosen.
Use the Visual Studio*
Configuration Manager
to select:
  1. Release
    configuration for the active solution.
  2. Release
    configuration for any project within the active solution.
  3. Target platform for each project.
To make configuration changes for your project:
  1. Choose an active solution in the
    Solution Explorer
  2. Go to
    Configuration Manager
  3. Select a configuration.

New Configurations

In addition to the default
configurations, you can also define new configurations within your project. These configurations may use the existing source files in your project, the existing project settings, or other characteristics of existing configurations.

Product and Performance Information


Intel's compilers may or may not optimize to the same degree for non-Intel microprocessors for optimizations that are not unique to Intel microprocessors. These optimizations include SSE2, SSE3, and SSSE3 instruction sets and other optimizations. Intel does not guarantee the availability, functionality, or effectiveness of any optimization on microprocessors not manufactured by Intel. Microprocessor-dependent optimizations in this product are intended for use with Intel microprocessors. Certain optimizations not specific to Intel microarchitecture are reserved for Intel microprocessors. Please refer to the applicable product User and Reference Guides for more information regarding the specific instruction sets covered by this notice.

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