Determining Which LabVIEW Development System Is Installed

Updated Sep 14, 2018

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  • LabVIEW

Issue Details

I installed LabVIEW, but I do not know if I installed the Base Package, the Full Development System, or the Professional Development System. How can I determine which LabVIEW version and development system I installed? Is there a platform-independent way to determine this information?


LabVIEW 8.0 or Later

In LabVIEW 8.0 or later, select Help»About LabVIEW to determine the LabVIEW version and development system.

You also can use the NI License Manager to determine which development system of LabVIEW you installed. Select Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI License Manager to open the NI License Manager. Then expand the Development branch of the Local Licenses tree to view your current LabVIEW licenses.

LabVIEW 7.1 or Earlier

In LabVIEW 7.1 or earlier, you can determine the version and development system information in one of the following ways:

  • Resource Files: (LabVIEW 5.0 or later, All Platforms)
    Look for the following files in the labview\resource directory. These files indicate which development system you installed. 
FileDevelopment System
fullvers.rscFull Development System
provers.rscProfessional Development System
Both provers.rsc and fullvers.rscProfessional Development System
NeitherBase Package
  • Windows Registry Search (Advanced):
  1. Select Start»Run.
  2. Enter regedt32 and click OK.
  3. From the My Computer icon, browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE»SOFTWARE»National Instruments»LabVIEW.
  4. Expand the LabVIEW folder to display all versions of LabVIEW currently installed.
  5. Select a folder for a LabVIEW version to display the registry entries for that version.
  6. The abbreviated name of the development system appears under the Data column in the Type row. Refer to the following list to determine what each abbreviation means:
    • Base - Base Package
    • Full - Full Development System
    • Pro - Professional Development System
    • Eval - Evaluation Version
  • NOTE: For advanced users only. Do not modify any registry settings.

    Complete the following steps to browse the Windows registry and determine which LabVIEW development system you installed.