Missing XNET.rc Error

Updated Jun 22, 2018

Reported In


  • LabVIEW



Issue Details

I recently moved a LabVIEW project that uses the NI-XNET driver from one computer to another. Now when I try to open any of my VIs, I receive the following error:

This VI needs a driver or toolkit component that is not found. Missing resource file "xnet.rc"

I've downloaded and installed the newest NI-XNET Runtime and NI-CAN, but the error persists. What file am I missing and how do I resolve this error?


This is a common issue encountered when only the NI-XNET Runtime Engine is installed, rather than the full NI-XNET driver. The Runtime Engine is a separate program designed to run applications made with the NI-XNET driver on a computer that does not have the LabVIEW development environment or NI-XNET driver on it.

To resolve this error, install the full NI-XNET driver and restart your computer. Upon restarting, both the NI-XNET driver and NI-XNET Runtime will show up in NI Measurement & Automation Explorer under My System»Software.


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