Visual Studio 2015 Bypass Evaluation Period Expire Error

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  • Hello,

    Its possible to bypass the Evaluation Period popup once its expired. While researching i came across a scenario where i was able to bypass this screen and continue using the Visual Studio 2015 without the Product Key Error.

    I would like to know anyone else was able to perform the same.



    • Edited by Abhitodan Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:44 AM
    Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:43 AM

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  • Hi Abhitodan,

    Would you mind sharing us the detail about that scenario you came across?

    In normal circumstances, we could evaluate Visual Studio for free up to 30 days. After sign into the IDE we could extend the trial period by 90 days. To continue using Visual Studio we could unlock the IDE by

    1.using an online subscription.

    2.entering a product key.

    Please refer to How to Unlock Visual Studio for more info.

    If you want to use Visual Studio after your evaluation time expired, I would recommend you try Visual Studio 2015 community.

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    Friday, March 3, 2017 8:26 AM
  • hi,

    if you are using Visual Studio 2015 community, its free . you don't need to bypass "Evaluation Period popup ".

    Just sign in to your microsoft account. it will activate !  

    Friday, March 3, 2017 9:13 AM
  • Hello Leo,

    Recently i got the error that your evaluation Period has been over and i will have to enter the product key or Sign into the Community to continue an if i don't select any of these the product get closed and  i was not able to use it. But while researching i was able to find that if i delete the DLL located below, It will never ask me for Product Key. So basically i can use the product without buying or without Sign into it. I was not sure if this is a bug or what but in previous version i have not seen flow like this. 

    DLL Location:


    Let me know if you need more information on this?

    Sunday, March 5, 2017 2:05 PM