I installed the free version of 64 bit DB2 Express C 10.1.2 for windows and was having a lot of fun with it. Creating databases, tables, connecting it to MS Access. But for me this fun and joy did not last long - Today I encountered a strange error code SQL8000N when I tried to start the database manager . I also performed db2licm -l command from C:\Program Files\IBM\SQLLIB\BIN> , attached is the screen shot with db2licm -l stating Expiry date : " Expired " and details on SQL8000N I am facing. Well If the copy was free - why did the license expire ? Is there a way to gain a ' free license ' using db2licm -a ? - has any one faced this ?