I've already installed SQL Server 2012 on my machine. Then I tried to run the SharePoint 2013 Foundation installer but I received the following error before I even reached the splash screen menu:

Invalid license data.  Reinstall is required.

I've already tried the advice from a form posting stating that I should reinstall SQL Server 2012 but that did not work.

This server is a development machine so I would like to keep SQL Server and SharePoint on this 1 machine. What should I do?


4 Answers 4


I discovered that the problem comes from the program Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Shell (Isolated) - ENU that gets installed with SQL Server 2012. After uninstalling that program and then running the SharePoint 2013 installer I am able to see the splash screen.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Shell (Isolated) - ENU

Warning - This will prevent Sql Server Management Studio 2012 from working on that machine.

  • I wish I'd run across your post 24 hours of effort or so ago. No matter what I tried, SSMS 2012 kept giving me the license error when I tried to run it. I've gone so far as to manually delete ALL SQL Server related registry keys and program files[ x86] folders. I even run a repair-upgrade of Windows and got nowhere. Uninstalling VS 2010 shell fixed it though. One of these days I'm going to have to calculate all my lost time see how much I actually save or lose relying on MS products. Thanks for sharing!!!!
    – rainabba
    Oct 29, 2013 at 20:46
  • I'm glad that I could help. It took me testing out a bunch of solutions that didn't work before I found this solution so I know how you feel. Also, as a new StackOverflow user you want to put what you wrote as a comment to my answer and not as an answer itself. And make sure to upvote good answers.
    – skeletank
    Oct 29, 2013 at 21:06
  • This also prevents SQL Server Management Studio 2014 from working...alas I was hoping it wouldn't. You can download the shell here if you've already uninstalled it.
    – MikeH
    Oct 21, 2014 at 16:35

A little late, but maybe it will help future users.

Got the same problem on a PC with VS2013, SQL 2012, and Office 2013.

Solved the problem by opening a .sln-file with "Open with" and checked "Always use the selected program".


I found the .hta file extension needed to be set back to Microsoft HTML Application Host instead of Visual Studio after I selected Visual Studio by mistake when running the Sharepoint install. Do this from the file association settings in the control panel.


I got same error in my exercise SSAS Lesson 4 start, link when I open a SSAS PROJECT FILE. Solution: right click project name, select Microsoft Visual Studio 2015, it works.

reason: My computer environment: WINDOWS 2008r2 Sql 12.0.5000 (SQL server 2014) MS vs2010, it comes something I don't know, maybe I installed it before MS VS 2013 express web MS VS 2015, this is a SSDT intallation, VS2015 Shell so, if I double click the project name, it run use the VS2010, some issue can happen because compatibility.

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