Start an application with the debugger attached

You can automatically attach the Visual Studio Just-In-Time debugger when a process is started on Windows. The steps are simple:

  • Open the Registry Editor
  • navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options
  • Select the application you want to debug:
    • Either it already exists as subkey, then use that one
    • Or, you have to create a new key in Image File Execution Options with the name of the application (e.g. chrome.exe)
  • Create a new string value with name debugger and name vsjitdebugger.exe

regedit_debugger

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