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License

When you purchase a license of Visual Assist, you receive one of:

  • a serial number, in text form
  • a *.slip file
  • a reg*.txt file

Register a License (with serial number and Internet Access)

  1. Start Visual Studio.
     
  2. If the Visual Assist Trial dialog appears, press the Register button. If the dialog does not appear, execute the Register command from the menu at VAssistX | Help.


     
  3. Enter your serial number.
     
  4. If you do not have a licensing portal account, follow these steps:
    1. Click the "Create account" link to open a web browser and create a new IDERA user account at codegear.com.
       
    2. Follow the instructions to create an account.
       
    3. Check your email for a message from Idera-Licensing with the subject "Developer Network email verification." In that message, click the link that includes "#validateEmail" in its url.
       
  5. Only with a verified account, enter your account name or email, and password.
     
  6. Click the Register button.
     
  7. If any errors occur, continue with the next section, "Register a License (with serial number, without Internet Access)".

Register a License (with serial number, without Internet Access)

  1. Start Visual Studio.
     
  2. If the Visual Assist Trial dialog appears, press the Register button. If the dialog does not appear, execute the Register command from the menu at VAssistX | Help.
     
  3. Click the "Trouble connecting? Use web registration" link to register via your browser on a system with access to the internet. Once web registration completes and you receive a *.slip or reg*.txt file, continue with the next section, "Register a License (with a *.slip or reg*.txt File)".

Register a License (with a *.slip or reg*.txt File)

  1. Start Visual Studio.
     
  2. If the Visual Assist Trial dialog appears, press the Register button. If the dialog does not appear, execute the Register command from the menu at VAssistX | Help.
     
  3. In the Visual Assist Registration dialog, click the "Import license file" link.


     
  4. In the Visual Assist License Import dialog, enter/paste the path to your *.slip or reg*.txt file, or click the browse button to locate the file on disk.
     
  5. Click the Import button.

Enter a Legacy, Two-line Activation Key

If you purchased a license of Visual Assist, or renewed maintenance, before mid-February 2019, you received a two-line activation key that identifies a license, user count, term of software maintenance, and hash-code that activates a genuine copy of Visual Assist.

Enter your activation key in the prompt that appears when you start your IDE, or any time using VAssistX | Help | Register (or Enter) | Legacy product registration (Alt+X, H, E).

Be sure to enter all lines of your key, including the first line that typically includes an email address.

Retrieve Your Legacy, Two-line Activation Key

You can retrieve the first line of your legacy, two-line activation key from the About dialog of Visual Assist (Alt+X, H, A).

In addition to the license holder, the first line identifies the number of users permitted to use the license, and the term of your software maintenance.

FAQ

Visit the Purchasing FAQ to learn more about licenses, product registration, and activation keys.

Software Maintenance

Visit the description of maintenance to find out what's included, how to tell if you qualify for a build of Visual Assist, and how to renew.