screenshot of attempt to "edit" model module

We created a model (created in a file geodatabase) using Model Builder on a trial version of ArcGIS 10.1 (build 3035, License: Advanced). We are trying to now run it on a registered (build 3134, ArcMap 10.1, ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop SP1, License: Basic, ) version of ArcGIS 10.1 on another computer, but when we try to open it by right-clicking and selecting edit on the model it displays only the outlines of the tool-shapes within the model. We can't open the different modules of the model or anything to be edited. All the model does is calculate fields, so I was not expecting the basic license to be an issue. The same issue occurs when creating a model with the Basic registered version and trying to open it on the trial version, which leads me to think that this is an issue of transferring between computers, rather than a license-related issue. I changed the permissions on the .gdb folder to "full control" for everyone on the network to rule out permissions as an issue. The datasets in the model itself can be opened, but the actual tools (such as "Field calculate") are cannot be accessed. Could it be that the model is trying to reference, for example, the "field calculate" tool on the host computer with the wrong path??

Any ideas what the issue is?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Do you get an error number? like Error 000816: the tool is not valid.
    – Mapperz
    Commented May 13, 2013 at 14:30
  • Was the trial version un-installed and standard installed?
    – Mapperz
    Commented May 13, 2013 at 14:31
  • Just to clarify, we composed the model on one computer (the trial ArcGIS 10.1) within a GDB and are trying to run it on another computer (the basic ArcGIS 10.1 license), either off the LAN or by copying/pasting the entire GDB. The model is actually made up of nested models. There is no error message when I try to "edit" it. The shapes that constitute the model just show up as outlines (no colour within the shapes in most cases), and in some cases the lines do not match to form the squares they are supposed to form (ie. it looks like it's not displaying the graphics correctly). thanks! ai.
    – user18083
    Commented May 13, 2013 at 14:49
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    A screen shot would be helpful. Commented May 13, 2013 at 17:06
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    I have to disagree with your above comment (see my answer to this question). On a daily basis I work with models syncing between my Win 8 Pro 64 bit and Win 7 Enterprise 64 bit computers, without an issue. Your comment is a blanket statement, when it should be "It appears that the model cannot be transferred between platforms" in your particular situation. If it works in a different scenario, then (theoretically) it should be able to work for other people as well. Commented May 17, 2013 at 5:53

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Was ArcGIS for Desktop installed as Administrator?

Some other things to try:

1) Check that you have read/write on the Toolbox.
2) Try running ArcGIS as Administrator.
3) Turn off User Account Control (in the Control Panel > Users Accounts)

Good luck!

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