LabVIEW Currently Cannot Load the Selected Item

Updated May 28, 2024

Reported In


  • CompactRIO Chassis


  • LabVIEW Real-Time Module
  • LabVIEW


  • NI CompactRIO
  • PXI Platform Services
  • NI-FieldPoint

Issue Details

I am trying to open a LabVIEW project that contains a real-time target or build specifications. I am unable to see the target or build specifications, but instead, I see a yellow symbol and receive the following dialog box:
LabVIEW currently cannot load the selected item. The required module, driver, or plug-in either is not installed or has an expired license.


This may be caused by a licensing problem, a missing driver, or that you accidentally opened 32-bit VIs in a 64-bit version of LabVIEW and do not have a specific module installed for that version.

Please follow the following suggestions to address this:

Using a LabVIEW Real-Time Target

  • Install the relevant driver for the target (either NI CompactRIO, PXI Platform Services, NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT, etc)
    • If you installed the driver before installing LabVIEW, you could be missing ADE support for LabVIEW. In this case, reinstalling the driver will resolve the issue.
    • If you installed NI Device Drivers, be sure that the drivers installed are for your LabVIEW version and modules. For example, NI Device Drivers January 2018, installs drivers for LabVIEW 2017, and some drivers like NI Compact RIO 17.0 and 17.6 won't work with LabVIEW 2018.
  • Check that you have all software downloaded (LabVIEW, LabVIEW Real-Time, LabVIEW FPGA) and it is still licensed in NI License Manager.

Using the Build Specifications

If you are trying to create or edit a build specification and using LabVIEW on Linux OS, this issue can happen if the installed edition does not include the LabVIEW Application Builder. To fix the issue you need to use the Application Builder which can be installed as an add-on to use with LabVIEW Full or Base until the 2021 SP1 version.

Additional Information

If you don't know what driver you are missing, you can open your *.lvproj file in any text editor and look for the project item name that is not properly loading. Once you find it you can look for the associated Type="XXX" field that can give you a relevant clue of what driver is missing. If you are still not certain, check the ProjectItem wiki for a description on some of the Type strings.