Expired license in Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition RRS feed

  • Question

  • Some of the initialization code in our package is called from OnShellPropertyChange handler (from IVsShellPropertyEvents interface).

    This initialization code is called on a condition:

    // when zombie state changes to false, finish package initialization
    if ((int)__VSSPROPID.VSSPROPID_Zombie == propid)
            if ((bool)var == false)
    i.e. we proceed with initialization, when IDE is out of the 'zombie' state.

    Now, a part of the initialization is retrieving the events object for Project Items Events via Events.GetObject("VCProjectEngineEventsObject").

    The issue is that on a Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition, when its' license expires (with a message 'The license has expired'), the GetObject method throws a 'System.Exception' exception. So this exception is thrown, and only after that the 'license expired' dialog is shown by the IDE.

    What would be a correct way to handle such a situation, i.e. which interface\handler should we use to check whether the license is valid?


    Friday, July 24, 2015 11:57 AM

All replies

  • Hi Paul,

    This object should be prevented from accessing by the DTE object when the license is expired. The expired date can be found manually by Help>Register Product, but if you want to programmatically check if the license is expired, you may need to check the product key from the registry, e.g.


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    Monday, August 3, 2015 6:09 AM
  • But how can I determine whether the trial 30 days period had expired or not? A clean installation creates only '1000.0x0010' sub-node in the 'Registration' node, but not the '2000.0x0000' one. I also have the '3000.0x0000' (and the likes starting from 3000.0) subnodes on the system with an activated 'Professional' edition.


    Monday, August 3, 2015 12:05 PM