Hi, startvs.exe starts voodooshield.exe and makes sure it is running, and protects it from being killed. Once we run the engine as a service, we will remove startvs.exe because we will not need it anymore. I think you might be right about startvs.exe heating up your laptop. To test this, you can go to Settings / Advanced and uncheck the "Self Protect VoodooShield from being killed" option. The startvs.exe was simply a quick fix to keep VS running until we ran the engine as a service, so it is not the best solution to protect VS from being killed. I might rewrite startvs.exe over the weekend and include it in the next release, and hopefully it will not use as many cpu cycles. Thank you!