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 Post subject: VS.NET 2010 Express is only a 30-day trial??
PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:20 pm 
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Is it true that VS.NET 2010 Express is merely only a 30-day trial??? Or is there a way to unlock it forever (or at least, for the forseeable future)? I don't plan to do any professional programming with it (that's why I use VS.NET 2008 Pro on my desktop machine).

I want to be able to play around with 2010 Express for a while (A little longer than 30 days if possible).


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:29 am 
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Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Express requires that you register
your evaluation copy within 30 days of installation. Once you've
entered your Registration Key, the product is free. If you are not
sure how to obtain your free Visual Studio 2010 Express
registration key, follow these instructions.


Taken from here.

What they want is for you to simply register the express version. It is not a 30 day affair. This same practice was true of the 2007 versions, you only need to register it to maintain functionality within 30 days.

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The 2007/2008 versions did this??? I never registered my copies of VS.NET 2008 and they've worked now for about the past three months or so since I installed them (I don't use them much).

But I guess I'll register the 2010 version. I just wanted to keep up to date, even though many people may still be using 2008 (and possibly even VS.NET 2005).


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LOL. I have assorted express editions installed on a few machines. Including some 2005 express editions. Not even sure what is on the laptop. I thought when I installed the express stuff I had to register it. Been awhile.Anyway, if you register it things will work fine.

Then I have Visual Studio 2005 and 2008 on this everyday system plus maybe the laptop. I don't use them much and my company pays for them.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:50 pm 
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OK, then is it possible to have both the 2008 and 2010 editions?? I know with Microsoft software, sometimes you can do this, and sometimes you can't...

I'm wondering because I think the 2010 version (hence being newer) uses newer versions of the various components (such as the Visual C++ Runtime Enviornment, and all the SQL Server runtimes, etc).


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Yes. I have VS 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2010 running on the same computer. (haven't reformatted since before 08 came out) They even detect what version of the solution file goes with which VS install.


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OK, but my concern is deployment. Will each VS.NET installation know which version of dependency files to use (for example, which version of the .Net framework to install, or does this not matter since newer versions contain all functionality of the older versions --- I think they are up to the Version 4.0 of the .NET Framework, and I think that VS.NET 2005 used Version 2.0 or 3.5).

My main concern here is deployment onto older machines (those running Windows XP mainly). I want to make sure that everything goes smoothly as far as installation and operation of my programs on end-users' machines.

At this point, I'm just trying out VS.NET 2010 to see if it's worth buying the Pro version, and to see if there is enough new features to merit an upgrade.


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VS2008 and up can multi-target back down to v2.0 of the framework. Each version of VS does know exactly what versions to work with.

You just have to make sure that the XP machines have the framework installed


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