Why Don´t I See the Controller and Chassis in the LabVIEW Project Using a cRIO 908x Running Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7)?

Updated Mar 23, 2018

Reported In


  • cRIO-9082
  • cRIO-9081

Operating System

  • Windows Embedded Standard (WES)

Issue Details

I installed Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) in my cRIO 908x, and when I try to program, I don´t see either my controller or my chassis listed in the project. I only find the FPGA integrated in cRIO.


When using a Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) OS in your CompactRIO 908x you won´t be able to see your controller or your chassis in a new LabVIEW project. This is because when you install WES 7, you are replacing the Real-Time OS in your cRIO. The Scan Engine for Real Time won´t be usable. You will be able to program new VIs directly in your system and will be excuted using Windows Operating System, or using the integrated FPGA in your cRIO.

The project you open in your CompactRIO will be similar to the next image:

Figure 1. New project using Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) with a cRIO 908x.

You must remember your cRIO is similar to a new development computer in so much that it does not have any applications pre-installed or pre-configured. You will need to install on the CompactRIO the LabVIEW Development System, the LabVIEW FPGA Module (without the Xilinx Compilation tools) and the NI-RIO driver. Since the Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating system replaces the real-time operating system the LabVIEW Real-Time module is not required.


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