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Type: Bug
ID: 520110
Opened: 12/13/2009 8:52:30 PM
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Hi When I try to start Visual studio 2010, I get an error Invalid License Data. Reinstall is required. Also in splash screen it shows as "Visual studio 2010 Shell".
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Posted by cunninghamcw on 6/9/2014 at 2:03 PM
Actually, I found that removal, then downloading and installing the Sql Server Data tools corrected this problem for me.

If the Sql Server Data Tools are already installed, just remove them. If not installed, install the downloaded package.

Restart. (It might not be required, but I'd recommend it in this case.)
Posted by cunninghamcw on 6/9/2014 at 12:08 PM
I located this issue posted with a resolution after some searching. Basically reinstall sql server data tools, It hasn't helped me yet, but it might help some of the other people who have run into issues.

Posted by PolishPaul on 3/1/2013 at 1:25 PM
MS, please reopen this and address the problem! You're not even trying. There are 100's of forum posts on this issue. I have a Server 2008 R2 Ent install with SQL Server 2012 installed on various servers where this problem occurs. Running in VMWare.
Posted by s.bhatia on 3/23/2012 at 12:28 PM
Microsoft's answer didn't help and now the post is closed.
Is there a known fix for this?
Posted by varz25 on 12/12/2011 at 3:19 AM
I didn't find any "Result" saying "Access Denied". The"Results" I found were SUCCESS, BUFFER OVERFLOW, NAME NOT FOUND and NO SUCH ENTRIES. When I execute VC++ 2010 by double clicking its icon on desktop, I get this error ---> "Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation" and when I run "devenv" fron the run command, I get the invalid license error.
Posted by Boris Modylevsky on 1/25/2010 at 6:54 AM
The issue occured on my machine as well (Windows Vista SP1 32 bit). Here is the output from running the utility:

C:\Users\borism>"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\DDConfigCA.exe"
        -1 -1 -1
        0 -1 -1
        1 -1 -1
        2 -1 -1
        3 -1 -1
        4 -1 -1
        5 -1 -1
        6 -1 -1
        7 -1 -1
        8 -1 -1
        9 -1 -1
        10 -1 -1
        11 -1 -1
        12 -1 -1
        13 -1 -1
        14 -1 -1
        15 -1 -1
        16 -1 -1
        17 -1 -1
        18 -1 -1
        -1 -1 -1
        0 -1 -1
        1 1010 2
        2 1019 2
        3 -1 -1
        4 -1 -1
        5 -1 -1
        6 -1 -1
        7 -1 -1
        8 -1 -1
        9 -1 -1
        10 -1 -1
        11 -1 -1
        12 -1 -1
        13 -1 -1
        14 -1 -1
        15 -1 -1
        16 -1 -1
        17 -1 -1
        18 -1 -1

Posted by JBuzek on 12/31/2009 at 1:08 PM
Opened new bug # 522442 for the same issue since this one was already closed and there is no way for me to re-activate it.
Posted by JBuzek on 12/28/2009 at 12:58 PM
The logs from the failed install are available at:


The user who had the problem is running Windows XP SP3.

Not sure how to re-activate this bug since I wasn't the one who originally opened it. If I don't see a response soon I'll open a new bug referencing this one.
Posted by JBuzek on 12/28/2009 at 12:43 PM
We are also experiencing this problem.

The user previously had VS 2010 Beta 1 installed as well as other earlier versions of VS. He uninstalled all of those and attempted to install the VS 2010 Beta 2 Team Explorer only version from the TFS install files & got this error when trying to start it up. So he then uninstalled all VS components again & installed VS 2010 B2 Ultimate, with the same result. We then tried re-installing VS 2010 Beta 2 Ultimate (using the web installer, choosing the "Repair" option) but still got the same result. Then uninstalled VS 2010 (again using the web installer, "Uninstall" option), then removed some additional components via Add/Remove Programs, then re-installed VS 2010 Beta 2 Ultimate again (using web installer) and ended up with the same problem.

We've collected the install logs & will post them and make them available for you to look at.
Posted by Microsoft on 12/27/2009 at 2:46 AM
Hi, given that we have not heard back from you in 7 days. We will go ahead and close this Connect Issue. If you get a chance to review and provide the information requested earlier, you can go ahead and reactivate this issue. (Click “Edit this item” button on the site and change the “Status” to “Active”)
Posted by Microsoft on 12/18/2009 at 5:36 AM
Thanks for reporting the issue.
In order to fix the issue, we must first reproduce the issue in our labs. We are unable to reproduce the issue with the steps you provided.

Could you please upload a setup log file to help us investigate the issue?
You can get the log files with the following steps:
1) Download collect.exe from the link below. http://go.microsoft.com/?LinkId=8967043
2) You may choose to save the tool for later use, or to run directly.
3) The utility creates a compressed cabinet of all the VS and .NET logs to %TEMP%\vslogs.cab.

You can get more details about how to get the log files here:

Thanks again for your efforts and we look forward to hearing from you.
Visual Studio Product Team
Posted by Microsoft on 12/14/2009 at 4:03 AM
Thank you for your feedback, we are currently reviewing the issue you have submitted. If this issue is urgent, please contact support directly(http://support.microsoft.com)
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Posted by colbyl on 6/10/2010 at 5:14 AM
    Visual Studio 2010 starts with invalid license and running permissions scripts doesnt fix the issue

Required tools:
    Process Monitor by Sysinternals
    Subinacl.exe by Microsoft Resource Kit

- Start Process Monitor
- Start Visual Studio 2010
- Wait for Error
- Stop Process Monitor
- Filter to include process: devenv.exe
- Filter to include Result: Access Denied
- Right click and jump to denied registry key
- Regedit will open and highlight the key
- Attempt to delete the key- it will fail
- In a command prompt: (HKCR\.wiq used in this example) (Set owner first THEN grant permission)

     c:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Resource Kits\Tools>subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.wiq /setowner=everyone
     .wiq : \everyone is the new owner
     HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.wiq : 1 change(s)
     Elapsed Time: 00 00:00:00
     Done:        1, Modified        1, Failed        0, Syntax errors        0

     c:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Resource Kits\Tools>subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.wiq /grant=everyone=f
     .wiq : new ace for \everyone
     HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.wiq : 1 change(s)
     Elapsed Time: 00 00:00:00
     Done:        1, Modified        1, Failed        0, Syntax errors        0
     Last Done : HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.wiq

--> Begin Process

- Naviage back to regedit and press F5 to refresh the key and an arrow will appear next to the key indicating it has children
- Expand the key
- Select the first key and click okay on the error
- Right click the first key and select permissions and click okay on the error
- Add EVERYONE and check full control
- Click Advanced and select the Owner tab
- Click Other users or groups
- Type in EVERYONE and click okay- and continue clicking okay until you're back to regedit

<-- Repeat this process until all child keys have been changed

- Delete the key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.wiq
- Return to process monitor and continue with the next key that lists access denied

* Grant Administrators (and any other required users) full control to HKCR\
* Grant Administrators (and any other required users) full control to HKCR\Licenses

- Uninstall Visual Studio
- Reinstall Visual Studio