The.Net framework that ships with the runtime was built before the.Net 2.0 update in VS 2005 and VS 2008. As such, it can not target the.Net Framework 2.0. However, building a standard, portable.Net 2.0 application in VS 2010 without managing your own settings is not nearly as difficult as building one in VS 2005 or VS 8.
× Visual Studio 2017 is available for Windows Desktop developers. This is the final version of Visual Studio Express, and there is not a UWP or Web offering for Visual Studio Express 2017 or later versions. [...]
Set the "Performance Options" to "Enable performance options." The options that you must set are: "Enable LOH-based garbage collector" "Enable Strong Heap" "Enable Large Object Heap" "Enable Long Running Garbage Collector"
Visual Studio Express 2010 Service Pack 1 delivers optimizations that improve the performance for new and existing scenarios. To activate the performance improvements under current conditions, you must turn on the relevant feature.
For the developer who wants to check out the power of the new and only release of Visual Studio 2010 (the.NET 4 framework of course) - You can download a good amount of Visual Studio 2010 testing tools and other extra useful tools to play around with. (From Wiki) d2c66b5586