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Upgrading to Visual Studio 2008

I have a boxed copy of Visual Studio Tools Version 2003.
I uninstalled v2003 and trialled Visual Studio 2008 Profesional
I purchased Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition Upgrade.
I then unistalled the trial version of VS 2008
I installed the standard upgrade and entered the code within.
VS Studio advises that I only have 11 days of my trial period.
I was expecting to be prompted to put in the original VS 2003 disk and key.  
How can I persuade the PC that I want to upgrade?
Nigel Keith-Walker
Nigel Keith-Walker
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You might have to install vs 2003 first then install the upgrade. The 2008 upgrade is just seeing that you had the trial version and not responding to it. Also you might have to do a clean install of windows because the trial version date mark is still on the drive somewhere.
Nigel Keith-WalkerContractorAuthor Commented:
Jeez - I really did not want to do a clean install of Windows!  This would be the last resort.  
I will try loading the VS 2003 back on.

Does anybody have any other ideas.
Bob LearnedCommented:
I have heard (but not used) Perfect Uninstaller.  I don't have access to it (with smart filters), but you might want to read here:

Uninstall Visual Studio - How To Remove Visual Studio 2005, 2008, 2010 Completely
Nigel Keith-WalkerContractorAuthor Commented:
Perfect Uninstaller might be a way round the problem.  I will need to check reviews on the internet.
Nigel Keith-WalkerContractorAuthor Commented:
REmoving all of the Visual Studio 2008 components through the Windows control panel took nearly two hours.  Re-installing Visual Studio 2003 another hour.  Upgrading to Visual Studio 2008 half an hour.  
So time consuming but done.
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