I have a Student Edition of ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop Advanced. My license is set up on my machine as single use. I am trying to initialize the license in ArcObjects, however I get the following error:

"ArcGIS product not specified. You must first bind to an ArcGIS version prior to using any ArcGIS components."

This occurs when I call AoInitialize.IsProductCodeAvailable() which doesn't make sense, since that is how you figure out what license to initialize in the first place. Here is my code:

public static esriLicenseStatus Intialize(
        ESRI.ArcGIS.esriSystem.esriLicenseProductCode esriLicenseProductCode)
        IAoInitialize aoInitialize = new AoInitialize();
        esriLicenseStatus esriLicenseStatus = 

        if (esriLicenseStatus == ESRI.ArcGIS.esriSystem.esriLicenseStatus.esriLicenseAvailable)
            esriLicenseStatus = 

        return esriLicenseStatus;

What am I doing wrong? Does this have to do with it being Student Edition?

2 Answers 2


Try this code using the RuntimeManager class, makes it much simpler:

    if (ESRI.ArcGIS.RuntimeManager.ActiveRuntime == null)

You'll need to add a reference to the ESRI.ArcGIS.Version assembly.


I have this problem too. This exception throws when I call AoInitialize.Initialize().

I use WPF and winform MapView control.

This exception is thrown when I call .Initialize() in BackgroundWorker in splash window. I bind product code to runtime in application start up and Initialize method run successfully.

Private Sub Application_Startup_1(sender As Object, e As StartupEventArgs)
        If Not ESRI.ArcGIS.RuntimeManager.Bind(ESRI.ArcGIS.ProductCode.Engine) Then
            If Not ESRI.ArcGIS.RuntimeManager.Bind(ESRI.ArcGIS.ProductCode.Desktop) Then
                MessageBox.Show("Unable to bind to ArcGIS runtime. Application will be shut down.")
            End If
        End If
        Dim _initialize As New AoInitializeClass()
        _splash = New SplashScreen()
End Sub

All thing become ok.

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