Uninstalled VS2008 Standard, now reinstall results in "Invalid Product Key" RRS feed

  • Question

  • I purchased VS2008 Std at the Microsoft Company Store. I installed it and used it without problems. Recently, I was unable to install SP1 properly, so I uninstalled the product. Now that I am installing again, when I enter the product key (same one as always, and same machine as always) I get "You have entered an an invalid Product Key. Please enter a valid Product Key to continue."

    Is there some cruft still left over from uninstallation that is stopping my *valid for over a year* product key from validating?

    Thursday, December 3, 2009 3:15 AM


  • Hi Gordon D Currie,

    Thank you for your post.

    For your concern, you could try:

    - run AutoUninstall Tool: http://cid-75a4db78b1d41bb2.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/.Public/UninstallTool%5E_VS.rar to remove ALL components installed with Visual Studio 2008 products, including Visual Studio Express Editions, Visual Studio Team System, Visual Studio Professional


    - manually removing VS related components according to the following order:

    Open Add or Remove Programs (Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008).

    1.   Remove "Microsoft SQL Publishing Wizard".
    2.   Remove "Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008".
    3.   Remove "Crystal Reports Basic 64-bit Runtime for Visual Studio 2008 (x64)". This step is required only if Visual Studio is installed on a 64-bit computer.
    4.   Remove "Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 SDK Reference Assemblies and IntelliSense".
    5.   Remove "Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 .NET Framework Tools".
    6.   Remove "Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 Win32 Tools".
    7.   Remove "Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 Headers and Libraries".
    8.   Remove "Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 Tools".
    9.   Remove "Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Remote Debugger". This step is required only if Visual Studio is installed on a 64-bit computer.
    10. Remove "Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition".
    11. Remove "Microsoft SQL Server Native Client".
    12. Remove "Microsoft Device Emulator version 3.0".
    13. Remove "Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK R2 for Smartphone".
    14. Remove "Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK R2 for Pocket PC".
    15. Remove "Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 For Devices".
    16. Remove "Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 Design Tools".
    17. Remove "Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5".
    18. Remove "Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Runtime".
    19. Remove "Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office system (version 3.0 Runtime)".
    20. Remove "Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 3.5".
    21. Remove "Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 2.0 SP2".
    22. Remove "Microsoft Visual Studio".
    23. Remove "Microsoft Visual Studio Web Authoring Component".
    24. Remove "Microsoft Document Explorer 2008".
    25. Remove "Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 64bit Prerequisites". This step is required only if Visual Studio is installed on a 64-bit computer.
    26. Remove "Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5".

    Then install Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition again.

    If it still doesn't work, license experts can help you to answer your question. You can call 1-800-426-9400, Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Pacific Time) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist, and you can get more detail information from there. Worldwide customers can use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites to find contact information in their locations: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/

    Hope this helps! If you have any concern, please feel free to let me know.

    Best regards,
    Yichun Chen
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    • Marked as answer by YiChun Chen Thursday, December 10, 2009 3:01 AM
    • Edited by YiChun Chen Saturday, April 10, 2010 3:01 AM typo
    Friday, December 4, 2009 5:38 AM