VS Express 2013 License Issue


  • I am trying to develop Win 8 Store apps using VS Express 2012. Oddly, when I recently went back to look over the initial "Hello World" apps which I had built in the initial "30 Days to Build a Store App" campaign, these initial apps no longer run in debug. An error message pops up which says:

    "Unable to activate Windows Store App

    The activation request failed with error 'This app failed to launch because of an issue with its license. Please try again in a moment.'

    See help for advice on troubleshooting the issue."

    Now after spending quite some effort on developing a real app, I am getting the same error message. Is there something I can do to be allowed to develop an app for more than a couple of weeks?

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:40 AM


  • Make sure your developer license is up to date. It will expire after 30 days. Visual Studio should re-request it for you automatically, but if not then you can do so manually from an elevated powershell prompt:

    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Show-WindowsDeveloperLicenseRegistration

    If that doesn't fix it then try building clean to make sure there isn't out of date license information.


    Tuesday, September 24, 2013 2:23 AM