How to update the License information in Visual Studio 2013/2015?

With the introduction of MSDN accounts in Visual Studio 2013/2015, we can now use the same settings across the different environment. Gone are the days where every time we start a new project, and use new server/machine we need to reconfigure Visual Studio settings as per our liking. However, this change comes with an annoying problem of Microsoft asking us to validate the account every 15-30 days as shown below.

“Your license has gone stale and must be updated. Please make sure the Internet is connected, then check for an update license to continue using this product.”

What if you are traveling and cannot connect to the Internet, but still would like to knock down some code? There is a way we can make this annoying validation process disappear for 6-9 months. For this, we need the Visual Studio 2013/2015 key. Depending on your role, you may or may not have access to the license key.

If you are a lucky one and have the license key, then click on “License with a Product Key”.

You are all set. Happy coding. J

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About pgbhoyar

Prashant G Bhoyar is a Microsoft Office Server & Services MVP and Microsoft Certified Professional. He currently works as a Senior Consultant at WithumSmith+Brown, PC. He is a trusted adviser and Subject Matter Expert and specializes in the development and post-implementation adoption of complex custom solutions in Office 365 and SharePoint. Prashant has supported many government agencies and non-profit organizations in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Prashant was the technical reviewer of the book "Pro SharePoint 2013 Administration." He serves on the leadership committee for the DC Metro Office 365 User Group and SharePoint Saturday Baltimore event and SharePoint Saturday Washington DC event. He actively speaks at technical conferences across the country, most recently in New Orleans, Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Baltimore, Philadelphia, as well as, at many events throughout North America. Prashant is a recipient of the"Antarctic Service Medal of the United States of America" for his outstanding service in Antarctica.
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