Programming is my hobby and I've just downloaded VS Studio 2012 Express Desktop.

Now I am going to register it but they want me to tell them business information

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Are only companies and no private programmers allowed to use VS Studio 2012 Express Desktop? And what shall I type in these text fields?

  • Company = "None"
    – Walter
    Oct 8, 2012 at 13:29
  • @Walter Did you mean my spelling or shall I type this in the TextField? Oct 8, 2012 at 13:30
  • Enter it in the textbox. It's a required field, but there's no rule that it has to be a real company.
    – Walter
    Oct 8, 2012 at 13:36
  • What language will you use? Most languages have more than one editor and most editors are free. I know NetBeans supports .NET. Also here are some more suggestions: stackoverflow.com/questions/310735/… Oct 8, 2012 at 13:44
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    Microsoft has always had a thing about requiring a company name to register software since as long as I can remember. Oct 8, 2012 at 15:14

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You can put your home address, I don't think it is intended only for businesses, I guess is in the same stride with Visual Studio Shell to try and attract also the opensource community.

From the License documentation

A number of free development tools are also available, including Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8, Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web, and Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop. These tools provide a subset of the functionality available in Visual Studio Professional 2012 and are specific to writing applications targeting these platforms. Each of these Visual Studio Express 2012 products is licensed per user and subject to the use terms included with the product. Visual Studio Express can be used to build production applications.

So it is free, but you are right you need to register after all. Try to put None for the organization, and 0 for numbers of employees. Business address, fill your address or whatever address you think is relevant maybe school its your choice an privacy.

  • @Eduard: In my experience, most versions of VS Studio Express will stop working if you do not register.
    – Brian
    Oct 8, 2012 at 13:46
  • @Brian I edited my answer, in my experience with Visual Studio Shell I had no problems, but you can try to register if you need to, I guess the ones that stopped working they were trials but can tell for sure. Oct 8, 2012 at 13:50
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    @EduardFlorinescu: Perhaps Shell is different from Express. See msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms246592.aspx : "You must register your Express Edition to receive a key to unlock the product for long-term use. "
    – Brian
    Oct 8, 2012 at 14:00
  • @Brian Is different, you are right I will edit my answer. Although in the link you send it said Visual Studio 2008 Oct 8, 2012 at 14:10

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