Before you start building your Instrument Control application, you must install your application development environment (ADE) first and then your driver software. This document includes instructions for installing NI LabVIEW, NI-VISA, and NI-488.2.
**If you are not using LabVIEW in your application, follow the installation guidelines for your chosen software environment before following the included installation instructions for NI-VISA and NI-488.2. If you have already installed your chosen environment, proceed to the Installing Drivers section.
If you do not have the original media that shipped with your NI products, visit ni.com/downloads/products to find the latest version of NI-VISA, NI-488.2, and the LabVIEW evaluation software.
If you are upgrading an existing system, National Instruments recommends that you back up any applications, projects, or other related files before continuing.
You must first install LabVIEW before installing the required driver software. To do this, insert the LabVIEW Platform DVD and follow the onscreen instructions. If you do not have the original media that shipped with your purchase of LabVIEW, you can download the latest version of LabVIEW online.
After installing LabVIEW and any applicable modules or toolkits, you should install the NI-VISA driver to facilitate communication with your instrument. Additionally, you should install NI-488.2 if you plan on using a NI GPIB device in your application. You must install NI-488.2 driver software before installing any new NI GPIB hardware devices so Windows can detect them. There are three options for installation:
After rebooting your computer or adding new hardware to your system, you may see the NI Product Registration Wizard appear. Please take a moment to register your NI products to receive: