Saturday, May 12, 2012

Windows 8 Tricks: Renewing your Developer License



I have been attending a series of events here in the UK concerning Windows Phone and Windows 8, focusing on developing Metro style applications. I wanted to share a few helpful tricks with you.

Renewing your developer license

If you want/are developing applications for Windows 8, you will notice that Microsoft grants you a developer license when you install the development tools (Visual Studio 11 Beta). I discovered that you can actually renew/refresh this license on your machine, if you need it for any reason.

Here is how you do it:

  1. Enable Admin Tools in the Windows 8 Settings (Swipe from the right/Settings)
  2. Run the Windows PowerShell As Administrator (which should now be on your start screen)
  3. Type in the following command: Show-WindowsDeveloperLicenseRegistration

Done. That command will trigger the process of contacting the license server and acquire a new developer license. It will ask you to enter your Windows Live ID credentials to validate the request, and once you do it, you will get your new license.

Hope it helps !


  1. thank you so much, fixed the problem.

  2. Thanks for sharing such a great information. It will be very helpful for developers.

  3. thanks, it works!!!!! unbelievable!

  4. Thanx for the tip. I tried it once but it didnt work because i did not follow the instructions correctly. But when i run it again it works.