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Select Source Dialog Prompt When Building an Installer in LabVIEW

Updated Feb 3, 2020

Reported In


  • LabVIEW
  • LabVIEW Application Builder Module


  • Instrument Drivers

Issue Details

I have built an application in LabVIEW and now want to create an installer to distribute my application. I want to include other installers (NI LabVIEW Run-Time Engine, NI-VISA, NI-DAQmx, NI-MAX, etc.) with my LabVIEW application. I have left the "automatically select recommended installers" checked, but when I try to build my installer I get a message saying:

Some installers you selected for this build are not available on this computer. The preselected media below contain the required installers.

Why am I getting this dialog prompt, and how do I include these additional installers in my build?


This Select Source dialog box is appearing because there are software installer dependencies missing for your build. In order to build a new installer that contains a particular product, files from the original installer media of the selected product are required. For example, if you choose to include NI-DAQmx with your installer, the Application Builder could prompt you for the Device Driver CD that contains NI-DAQmx.

The solution to these dependency errors depends on how the software included in the installer was originally downloaded: 
  • If you downloaded the additional installer from and deleted the source, you will need to download the same version and unzip it again before you build, and point the Installer source location field to this new folder.
    • Point the Select Source dialog to the directory in which setup.exe was extracted. For IVI drivers and self-extracting executables (.exe), the WinZip Self-Extractor extracts files to C:\National Instruments Downloads\. If your download came as a .zip file, extract the files, then point it to where the extracted setup.exe is located.
  • If you installed your additional installer from a CD or USB, you will need to put that CD or USB into your drive before building your installer.
  • If you installed from a network location, you will need to still have access to the files on the network drive or one of the two above options.
  • If the software on the PC was installed from a LabVIEW-built installer, the "Select Source" dialog may reference that LabVIEW-built installer. You will have to point to that installer to get this dialog box to not come up anymore. 
    • If that doesn't work, force reinstall the same software stack as the computer that built the original installer to have fresh installs of the software with the setup files. 
    • You can also upgrade to a newer version of the software by downloading it from the NI website. 

Preventing this dialog box in the future will depend on the settings you select when building the installer:

LabVIEW 2013 or Newer

Selecting the Copy all future installers to this computer when you run them checkbox will cause all future installers run on the system to automatically copy their products into the local cache during the install. This will prevent you from ever seeing a prompt for the location of those installers from within the Installer Builder utility.

LabVIEW 2010 - 2012

You can prevent this dialogue by selecting Copy selected installers to this computer before building of the Additional Installers window in the Installer Build Specifications.  For more information about what this check box will do, see LabVIEW 2011 Help: Additional Installers Page (Installer Properties Dialogue Box).


LabVIEW 8.6 or Older

In order to avoid the notifications in a version of LabVIEW 8.6 or older, you'll need to manually copy the entire contents of a source installer to your hard drive. In the case of NI-DAQmx, that means copying the entire contents of the Device Driver CDs to your hard drive. Then next time you build your installer, change the Installer Source Location in the Advanced Installers dialog box to the location where you copied the contents of the Device Driver CD. 


Additional Information

In LabVIEW versions 8.6 and later, the Installer Source Location field is not editable as described in the LabVIEW 8.6 Upgrade Notes. If the source is not found at this location, you will be prompted for a correct location during the build process.

LabVIEW requires the additional installer’s source MSI and .id files that were used for installation on the development machine to be able to install the additional installer on other machines. These source files are not usually left on the development machine after installation. The Installer source location field tells LabVIEW where to find these needed source files. LabVIEW will, by default, set this field to the last location used to install the additional installer on the development machine. This should be the root directory of the location from which you installed the product, usually on a CD or network drive.

Some of these shared installer dependencies may have had a new version installed by another NI product and that product will be required in order to build the installer.
For example, say you install NI-DAQmx 8.0 which also installs Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) 4.0. As a result, MAX 4.0 will be installed on your computer.
Later you decide to install Measurement Studio 8.0 which installs an newer version of MAX (4.1) and overwrites the previous version of MAX (4.0) (note: the version numbers of MAX are just an example and don't reflect real revisions shipped with various products). Now, NI-DAQmx 8.0 depends on Measurement Studio, and when you build an installer that includes NI-DAQmx 8.0 it will need to copy the Measurement Studio installer from the distribution that installed it. So while you aren’t directly including Measurement Studio you are including a shared dependency that it updated, and the Application Builder needs to copy the installer of that dependency.