Update 4: April 19: I strongly disagree with the closing of this issue: please see comments below.
Update 3: April 16: Please see three comments added today to this thread for specific responses to comments from MS, thanks.
In these comments you can also read the strange story of how I was able to install VS 2010 Studio Ultimate Trial on top of the non-uninstallable VS 2010 Pro Trial from which many components had already been un-installed as I, unsuccessfully, tried to follow the "manual un-installation" instructions (clearly out of date) in the MS document: "VS2010RTM.htm" found at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/e2h7fzkw.aspx#uninstalling
note: this has been submitted a few days ago on the Visual Studio Setup and Installation Forum and has had eighty views, and no response.
Update 2: April 11: downloaded the tool "VS2010_Uninstall-RTM.ENU.exe" and ran it: it appeared to go through all the motions of removing VS Studio, but did not actually remove it, and I am still unable to un-install it, or receive an extension for the trial release version. bw
Update 1: April 11: tried to obtain extension code again after first disabling all AV software on this machine (MSSE), and all other optional proceses. Same result as reported below, endless display of "loading.gif" and page content never appears. bw
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Win Vista 32, SP 2, all recent patches for the OS up to date. MySQL package installed for VS 2010. All .NET FrameWorks installed, and all patches.'
Logging in to MS goes fine, then I select, "Extend Evaluation," and window appears whose url is :
In the center of a large blank area in the screen a circular .gif progress indicator revolves endlessly, but the page is never loaded: I've waited thirty minutes. No error message shown.
Trying to Uninstall the current VS 2010 via Control Panel/Programs and Features leads to errors that "Visual Studio cannot be run in Compatibility Mode." This is a non-networked dev machine, run as Admin, and to my knowledge no executable is set to "Compatibiity Mode."
Downloading the latest VS 2010 trial installer vs_proweb.exe, and running it results in an error:
"The Windows Installer Package: C\Users\dotScience\AppData\Local\Temp\SIT15974.tmp\vs_setup.ms_Could not be opened. Choose Retry to try again. Choose Cancel for exit setup."
Retrying the the install does not work.
1. I cannot use VS 2010 now since the trial is expired
2. I cannot complete the request for a trial extension
3. I cannot remove Visual Studio 2010 using the standard Vista un-install method
4. I cannot re-install using the lastest installer.
Appreciate your help, here !