Encountering Error 2208 When Running LabVIEW Executable Using Actor Framework

Updated Nov 20, 2023

Reported In


  • LabVIEW

Issue Details

I have compiled a LabVIEW executable utilizing the Actor Framework and am trying to deploy it to my target machine, but I am encountering the below error when trying to run my executable:
VI has an error of type 2208. The full development version of LabVIEW is required to fix the errors.

The executable and source code run correctly on my development computer. How can I resolve this behavior?


Error 2208 is generally caused by corrupt or missing DLLs or dependencies required by your executable. Try the below steps to resolve this error:
  1. Ensure that you have the required versions of LabVIEW Runtime and driver runtimes for your executable installed on your target system. If you haven't already done so, building an installer can help to detect and consolidate the necessary NI runtimes for your executable to make installing them more straightforward.
  2. Make sure your LabVIEW project does not contain any DLLs with duplicated names, even if you just keep them in your project for separated 32 bits and 64 bits build as it can result in this issue. Alternatives include, renaming the DLLs, having fully separated projects with their corresponding bitness DLLs, or removing the unnecessary DLLs before attempting your build.
  3. Ensure that you have the appropriate version of the Microsoft .NET Framework installed on your target machine.
  4. If possible, try upgrading your version of LabVIEW to the latest version available and recompiling your executable. If you need to use a specific, older version of LabVIEW but upgrading to the newest version fixes Error 2208, you can try saving your source VIs to the previous version you need after you've confirmed their functionality in a newer version of LabVIEW.