Like me you probably installed the trial edition of Visual Studio 2010 a while back…and are now probably wondering how to activate your installation.  -And if you tried this over the last couple of days you probably noticed we had some challenges with the Product Key/Store website. (These are NOW fixed though)

Visual Studio 2010

To obtain a product key for Visual Studio 2010 you have three choices:

1. Use your MSDN Subscription and use MSDN Key. (see my post Directions on Activating Visual Studio 2010 Trial)

2. Buy a new Product Key.  You can do this at:  To find the link for your specific version of Visual Studio go to >Help>Register Product>Obtain a new Key Online.  (see screenshot below) 


3. Extend your Trial.  You can do this for Ultimate at:


NOTE: After you press the Activate button you will be requested by a UAC window to install StorePID.exe -Accepting this install returns you back to Visual Studio without any indication of success/failure.

-But if you do check you will find you now have another 60 days to trial Visual Studio.