Invalid License Data. Reinstall is Required - by Ryan Conrad

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ID 758235 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 3
Opened 8/15/2012 11:17:31 AM
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I am developing using Visual Studio 2008 Professional and SQL Server Express 2012.  I have been using Visual Studio 2008 for the last 30 days with no issues when attempting to open a project using windows explorer.  About 7 days ago I installed SQL Server Express 2012 as I had a project that required some database administration.  After installing just the "SQL Server Managament Studio" I am now unable to browse to any solution file (.sln) using windows explorer and open a proejct.  I am now greated with a splash screen that states "Invalid License Data. Reinstall is Required"
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Posted by sebape on 12/16/2016 at 1:28 PM
I have the same issue, I trying to run "visual studio 2010 shell" with "sql server 2012"
All the best
Posted by Raj Kumar Pandey on 8/19/2016 at 1:26 PM
Please right click to the Solution file and choose "Open with" option and select your version installed on your system and this would work.This worked for me.
Posted by Manoj_Jagadale on 4/8/2016 at 11:20 PM
Hi there,

I am having the same issue while installing microsoft robotics studio. I have installed the Visual Studio 2013 community edition on windows 10. For as a Interest I have tried to install the Microsoft Robotics Studio 4.0 but in between the setup, when VS10 shell starts the continuous error prompt is going on saying that "Invalid license data. Reinstall is required.". tried given all the permissions from HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT -> Licences. But didnt worked out.

Can anyone please help me to solve this issue so I can pursue the installation and my projects.

Thanks in Adavnce....
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 Tomasz Jastrzębski on 6/8/2013 at 3:16 AM
I have tried reinstalling SQL Server Express 2012 - it did not help.
Posted by Microsoft on 5/28/2013 at 9:09 AM
Hello XXXXX. Thank you for reporting this problem to us. However, we have been unable to reproduce the behavior locally. We will be closing the issue as a “no repro.” We have also suggested a small correction that may resolve the issue. If anyone is still having trouble with this, please get back to us so we can reactivate the item. -Walter A Jokiel, Program Manager, SQL Server (
Posted by Microsoft on 5/10/2013 at 10:30 AM
Hello All,

If you right-click on the *.sln file and select "Properties" what does it say next to "Opens with:" in the dialog that pops up?

It should be the "Microsoft Visual Studio Version Selector", if that is not the case click the "Change..." button next to it and select the Version Selector from the list displayed (it should be pre-populated in the Recommended Programs section).

Charles Gagnon (
Posted by Pythagrous on 3/8/2013 at 7:40 AM
I also have this issue after installing SQL Server Management tools 2012.

Steps to reproduce

Install vs 2012
Opening sln from explorer works ok
Install SQL Management tools 2012
Opening sln from explorer tries to use VS 2010 and shows "Invalid License Data. Reinstall is Required"

Other info:
Programfiles(x86) contains Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0 and Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0 even though VS 2012 was only installed.

Posted by Microsoft on 2/21/2013 at 1:25 PM
Hello Ryan and Tomasz. Sorry for the delay on this. Let me see if I can discover the holdup. I’ll get back to you. -Walter A Jokiel, Program Manager, SQL Server (
Posted by Tomasz Jastrzębski on 1/14/2013 at 8:59 AM
I have exactly the same issue.