Andy's Blog – With the release of RAD Studio XE3 Embarcadero made changes to the IDE’s copy protection. Those changes are ineffective because they are a no brainer for those who crack the software. Despite this the changes cause the IDE to start much slower. Even on a SSD you feel the difference between XE2 and XE3. And on a HDD you can get almost 2 cups of coffee while the IDE starts. The updated copy protection loads every DLL file that is in the $(BDS)\bin directory into memory to verify (WinTrust.dll) that it is a correctly signed DLL and then unloads it again. The higher your SKU is the more DLL files ...
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