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"The VI Is Not Executable" Error When Running a LabVIEW Executable

Updated Jun 4, 2021

Reported In


  • LabVIEW
  • LabVIEW Runtime

Operating System

  • Windows

Issue Details

When trying to run my LabVIEW executable on my development or deployment machine, I receive this error: 

This VI is not executable. The full development version of LabVIEW is required to fix the errors.


If this error is appearing only on your deployment machine, the cause is often a missing version of the .NET Framework, or a missing/unlicensed driver. Try the below steps first if you're encountering this error exclusively on your deployment machine:
  • Install the .NET Framework that the application uses in the development machine. You can download the missing version of .NET Framework from Microsoft's website. Check Additional Information for information on determining what versions of .NET you have installed.
  • Make sure all NI and third-party drivers being used by the executable are installed on the computer trying to run the executable. Also, verify that you have the same versions of the drivers and that they are licensed correctly.
If you are seeing this error on both your development and deployment machine, try the below steps. These steps are also helpful if the above steps don't address the error for deployment-side executables, as they can help to narrow down the cause of the error and address it more generically:
  • Try mass compiling the project you used to create the executable and create the executable again.
  • Try debugging the executable remotely to identify where the error is occurring. This will give you more information on what might be the cause of the error.
  • If you are using XControls you can try checking the Disconnect Type Definition option in the Build Specifications and add the XControls to the Always Included section.
  • Try the same steps outlined for addressing Error 1502, especially if you encountered any errors while building your executable.

Additional Information

You can check the versions of .NET installed on Windows by following the steps below:
  1. Click Start » Run (Alternatively press Windows Key + R)
  2. Type regedit in the Run dialog box.
  3. In the Registry Editor navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE » SOFTWARE » Microsoft » NET Framework Setup » NDP to view all versions of .NET Framework.
Some applications that were developed with older OS than Windows 10 use .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.5. Windows 10 does not come with .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.5 by default, so installing these frameworks would be necessary to fix the issue.