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License File

As of Q1 2015, the Telerik® UI for ASP.NET AJAX suite uses the standard .NET licensing mechanism, which means that using the controls in design-time causes Visual Studio to add a license.licx to the solution. This file is used only in design-mode and is not needed for deployment explicitly. The .NET framework (lc.exe) will embed it in the assembly your WebApplication will be built for deployment.

The license file is maintained by Visual Studio and contains information about all licensed components in the application (including non-Telerik products).

Having this license file is not expected to bring any performance/compilation issues and you can ignore it.


In case your project build fails with errors pointing to the license file, you can delete it and rebuild.

Alternatively, you can clear its contents and mark it as Read Only.

If you are working under source control, once the file is created, it will be detected as a change by your source control system. We would suggest that you check-in this file initially. Then, when it is checked-out again during your work, it is up to you to decide whether to check it in, or discard the changes.

If you get the Task could not find "LC.exe" using the SdkToolsPath error during automated MS Build tasks, review the Telerik MSBuild Task could not find “LC.exe” using the SdkToolsPath blog post by Matthew Sigman. Essentially, you should either install Windows SDK on the build machine, or add the /p:GenerateSerializationAssemblies=Off flag to the build arguments.

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