How to fix “Invalid License Data” after upgrading from Visual Studio 2012 Beta to RC

How to fix “Invalid License Data” after upgrading from Visual Studio 2012 Beta to RC

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A few customers have reported the following error after upgrading from VS2012 Beta to the Release Candidate (RC):

Invalid License Data

Reinstall is required.

Aaron Marten on the Visual Studio Extensibility team has a post describing how to fix this issue.

This should only happen if you upgrade a “higher” Beta edition to a “lower” RC edition, like from VS11 Ultimate Beta to VS2012 Professional RC. You may avoid this issue if you haven’t yet installed the RC by upgrading to the same or “higher” edition than you installed for the Beta (i.e. Professional < Premium < Ultimate).

You only need to uninstall “Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Beta” from Programs and Features. Any other packages installed by VS11 Beta will be upgraded and should not affect the license data. But should you want to uninstall all of the Beta packages, please read KB2710678.

To uninstall the main Beta program after installing RC,

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Type “Programs and Features” (without quotes) and press Enter on your keyboard.
  3. After the list is populated, find an entry beginning “Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Beta”.
  4. Click on the Change button.
  5. Click on the Uninstall button.
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  • I never installed MS Visual Studio 11 Beta so it's not there to uninstall.  I installed VS 2012 Professional and whenever I double-click on a .sln file I get the Invalid license error.  Any other ideas on how to fix this?

  • @Ken, did you have any other pre-releases of Visual Studio 11 / 2012? What about past releases (like VS2010) installed on the same machine?

  • same problem here.  installed vs 2010 express on a system that was (and is) running vs2008 express with no problems.  I have never been in a beta or other such thing.  yet when I start vs 2010 for the first time, I get the invalid license error.

    The only think I could uninstall is studio 2010 express "prerequisites x64 - ENU" but I've seen lots of sites where people claim uninstalling didn't help.

  • Just upgraded from 2012 to 2015 - same problem - Visual Studio 2010 Shell - 'Invalid license data. Reinstall is required.'  Anyone got a cure?

  • @Martin, could you please open a connect issue at We would like to have some more information.

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