If you install and run a build of Visual Assist you are not qualified to run under the term of your software maintenance, Visual Assist notifies you of the fact when you launch your IDE. Then, Visual Assist runs in trial mode for seven days, giving you an opportunity to remain productive, evaluate the new build, and consider your two options:
- revert to the newest build issued within the term of your software maintenance
- renew maintenance, keep the installed build, and obtain updates for another year
If you want to revert to a previous build, check VAssistX | Help | About for the expiration date of your maintenance, in YYYY.MM.DD format.
If your seven-day trial expired and you cannot reach the About dialog of Visual Assist, search your email for a date in your most recent activation key, or examine your registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Whole Tomato\Visual Assist X\UserName
Visit the history of builds in the archive for Visual Assist and download the installer for the newest build you are qualified to run. You cannot revert using a Visual Studio Extension (.vsix) downloaded from the Microsoft Visual Studio Gallery or with an installer obtained via the Extension Manager of your IDE.
Follow the standard installation instructions for an executable (exe) installer of Visual Assist.
Visual Studio 2015 and newer
Visual Studio can automatically update an extension without your confirmation, regardless of whether or not you are qualified to run the extension. If you suspect this has happened in your IDE, follow these instructions to revert to an old version of Visual Assist.
Activate your Maintenance and Support Plan
If you want to run the installed build of Visual Assist, you will need to have a current maintenance and support plan. If you are within one year of your maintenance expiration date, you can purchase a renewal. If your maintenance and support plan has been expired for greater than one year, please contact us for pricing options. Once you have obtained a new activation key, copy the activation key into the enter-key dialog of Visual Assist.