For some strange reason Visual Studio runs really poorly in a Remote Desktop session. I guess it’s something to do with not being the main interactive desktop? Anyway one way around this problem is to use the lesser known /Console flag when starting up the Remote Desktop client…mstsc.exe /console
This enables you to access the interactive console and VS2005 works again. Of course its also useful for grabbing the current users console but not great if you’re trying to share the machine. Still you’re unlikely to be wanting to share VS2005 between many users, it’s not exactly shy when it comes to resources.