Runtime Creation Error Message in View Studio Machine Edition v10

In Today's article I discuss the new error message that pops up when you create a runtime for a pre-10 version of FactoryTalk View Studio.

Recently, a student asked me why he was getting an error message when he created a version 8 .MER runtime file in version 10 of FactoryTalk Machine Edition.

To find out, I booted View Studio v10 up and attempted to create a v8 runtime.

Doing so resulted in the following error message:

At first glance, you may think this message is instructing you to install a patch for v10.

But a closer inspection reveals the error message is actually saying to restore this .MER file using View Studio 9 or earlier will require those older versions of View Studio to be patched.

For more information, as well as a link to the patch, click HERE.

To watch a video demonstration of the above, check out Episode 45 of The Automation Minute Season 4 below:

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Shawn Tierney
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Shawn began sharing automation news and know-how online in 1996 when he launched his first BBS. Then in 1999 he moved to the internet launching, which he later renamed In 2013 he moved his automation efforts to a new website,, which has since become the most popular independent industrial automation blog on the web.

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