In this article we will briefly describe how we can change the Visual Studio 2008 product key. As we know Visual Studio 2008 Trial doesn’t allow to change the product key and it shows as grayed out.
In case we want to create an installation CD from a trial using our product key we can simply copy all the files to our machines and change the setup.sdb product key line with our product key and burn the files to a writable media. The setup.sdb can be found in the setup folder.
In case we had already installed a trial version on our machine and expires we can change the key as follow:
1) Locate Visual Studio 2008 Edition (Professional or Team Suite)
Path for Team Suite:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite – ENU
2) Edit: setup.sdb
Change [Product Key]
3) Add/Remove Programs, Select Microsoft Visual Studio and click on change and reinitialize the license.
An example of how the [Product Key] is displayed inside the setup.sdb is shown:
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