Enabling Frame Rate Counters for XAML Applications in Windows 8

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DebugSettings.EnableFrameRateCounter = true; in the App.xaml.cs App constructor will get you what you want.

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One of the things that we all look at before we ship software is the performance of our apps. Last November I posted a quick and easy way to do it in Silverlight. Today I am going to walk you through doing it in Windows 8 for your Metro XAML applications.

After the Build event was over I was interested in learning how to do this for my Windows 8 Metro Apps. I started watching videos from the Build RSS Feed and noticed this one from Tim Heuer that did just that.

Let’s get started

Click/Touch the “Developer Command Prompt” to begin. 


That will open a Developer Command Prompt. At the command prompt simply type in “regedit” without quotes as shown below.


Add the Registry Key

Now depending on the version of Windows 8 you have installed navigate and add the following key.

32-bit version of Windows 8






In my case I was using Windows 8 64-bit. I had to create a new key called XAML and added a DWORD (32-bit) named EnableFrameRateCounter with a value of 1



Let’s test it

All you have to do now is to run any XAML / C# Metro Application.


Ok so what do these numbers mean? Again thanks to Tim Heuer for the nice slide.


You will notice that any application built using XAML / C# will display this framerate counter. Even the ones that ships with Windows 8. (For example: The Memories application)


What about HTML / JS apps?

It will not work with HTML / JS Metro Applications as I tried it. I think that is why the registry key starts with “XAML”. =)



Thanks for reading!


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