Visual Studio Premium 2012 free software asking for product key


  • I downloaded Visual Studio Premium 2012 from DreamSpark. It was supposed to be a free version. After some time I opened the software for a developers course I am doing and was presented with a screen informing me that the trial had expired and requesting a product key. I went to my DreamSpark account and retrieved the product key from there but apparently this key does not work. I emailed DreamSpark support and was asked to sent screengrabs and information to them only to be sent to this forum. That's support? I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling and used up $80 worth of extra download data from my isp. Im a student and I can not afford to $80 but I was so desperate to get this software for my course that I did it.  I do not have credits for my phone and could not afford to be calling overseas. I would really appreciate some help. I am running Windows8 Professional. Pc config is an intel core i7 2600 cpu @ 3.40ghz 3.80 ghz. I have 8.00 gig of ram installed however only 3.48 is useable as I am running a 32 bit operating system, x64-based processor. The system has a gigabyte motherboard and a Nvidia Gforce  630 graphics card. Thanks
    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 10:38 PM


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  • in the first place u should noe that VS premium is not a freeware. why did u download it again and use extra 80$ of data?

    next. u told us abt ur cpu specs. for wat reason?to show off?

    if u need a vb only u can just go and download some visual basic express eddition. why do u need a full edition?

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:41 AM
  • CSNewbie,

    at DreamSpark if you are a student you will get the VS premium for free.


    If you have got questions about this, just ask.

    In a perfect world,
    users would never enter data in the wrong form,
    files they choose to open would always exist
    and code would never have bugs.

    C# to VB.NET:

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:57 AM
  • Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it. I have the latest version now.

    Edward Hinds

    Tuesday, April 07, 2015 10:54 PM
  • VS Premium is free to students. I am studying a Microsoft Course and that is one of the benefits. When it didn't work the first time I was upset because it should have.

    I provided those specs in case my system was not compatible, not to offend anyone or show off. I don't do that. If you actually knew me you would know that but of course you don't. Im sorry if I upset you.

    I need a full version for my course. It is a course requirement.

    I hope you have an amazing day and thank you for taking the time to reply to my post. I hope that I was able to answer your questions satisfactorily.


    Edward Hinds

    Tuesday, April 07, 2015 10:58 PM