BUG: "Visual Studio .NET Has Expired" Error Message When You Install Visual Studio .NET

SYMPTOMS
Assume that you have an expired install of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, Trial Edition (or a Beta version of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, Enterprise Architect Edition) installed on your computer. When you install a full released version of Visual Studio .NET, you do not receive any warning messages. However, when you start Visual Studio .NET, you may receive the following error message:

Visual Studio .NET has Expired.

RESOLUTION
To resolve this problem, remove Visual Studio .NET, Trial Edition (or the Beta release version of Visual Studio .NET) from your computer.

Note Microsoft recommends that you remove any Beta versions of Visual Studio .NET before you install the released version of Visual Studio .NET. You can use the Add/Remove Programs utility in Control Panel to remove the Beta version.

STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

MORE INFORMATION
Steps to Reproduce the Behavior

1. Verify that you have an expired install of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, Trial Edition (or a Beta version of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET) on your computer.
2. Install Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.
3. When the installation of Visual Studio .NET is completed, start Visual Studio .NET.

REFERENCES
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

308432 INFO: Uninstall Microsoft .NET Framework SDK Beta 2 Before Installing the Released Version

APPLIES TO
? Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional Edition
? Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Enterprise Architect
? Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Enterprise Developer
? Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Academic Edition