Trolling the customer bugs and noticed this one:
“What happen to the Visual Studio 2008 Express Download Link??”
..and thought my answer directly back to the request might be useful for other folks:
Visual Studio 2008 Express is actually comprised of four different downloads/editions.
· Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition
· Visual C# 2008 Express Edition
· Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition
· Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition.
Not a single product/download like you are searching for.
-All of these express downloads add additional functionality to the Visual Studio Shell, which is shared by all the different Visual Studio editions -including express.
From your error it does sound like you have installed a beta or a trial edition that has since expired.
The "easiest" (note i didn’t say "easy") solution would be to remove ALL instance of Visual Studio 2008 and apply just the ones you need/want. Note depending on why application failed you might have problems with the setup on the reinstall. If this happens please see the following blog post to file another bug or take the issue to the setup forums. http://blogs.msdn.com/aaronru/archive/2009/10/19/guidance-on-posting-on-the-forums-or-sending-aaron-ruckman-feedback.aspx