Difference Between Release Build and Debug Build EXE

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             What is the difference between  Release Build and Debug Build EXE in windows OS.What are the informations contained the both version.

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Chris MillardCommented:
Well, the debug build has lots of extra information in the exe that makes it easier to troubleshoot AND reverse engineer - it includes things such as labels, routine name etc.... so that when YOU are debugging it, you next exactly where you are in the code. You would NOT want this exe going out on to the internet!

The release version has all of the debugging information removed.
The Debug version contains variable names, source code, and other debugging stuff so you can step through the code a line at a time and see exactly what is going on.

The Release version strips all that extra junk out and also runs several optimizations to speed things up.

You'll notice that the Debug exe is generally quite a bit larger than the Release and runs much slower; however, if you try to step through your code while in Release mode, you'll find it quite frustrating.

In short, the names really just about say it all. Debug is for debugging and Release is what you release to the end user.

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