How to: Downgrade Visual Studio 2013 and 2012 Ultimate to Premium

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Today I had the need to downgrade my Visual Studio 2013 license, due to the Ultimate one expiration. This never crossed my mind before but one would figure it would be similar to the Windows 8 process in which the features are key dependent, well, one (like me) would be wrong. You’ll need to install the Premium version all over.

Problem

Even if you uninstall the Ultimate version and afterwards install the Premium, when you run the app the Ultimate licence will be presented. Didn’t I just uinstalled it? Yes you have (well, at least I suppose) so, wheres the catch?

Solution

As Arjan Hordijk found out and succently describes in his blogpost How to install Visual Studio 2012 Premium after 2012 Ultimate RTM, theres something you need to uninstall first.

For VS 2013

  • Go to C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\{23127FE2-983D-305A-904D-89ED86D36269}v12.0.21005\packages\ultimatecore
  • Right mouse button click on the file named vs_ultimatecore.msi
  • Uninstall

For VS 2012

  • Go to C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\{EFA87714-E75A-3BFC-A698-A3AABA5A8A0C}v11.0.50727\packages\ultimatecore
  • Right mouse button click on the file named vs_ultimatecore.msi
  • Uninstall

That’s all for now folks.

See ya bitches!

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