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Install NI LabVIEW and NI-DAQmx Driver


Before you begin using your NI data acquisition software, you must install your application development environment (ADE) first and then your driver software. This document includes instructions for installing NI LabVIEW and NI-DAQmx driver software. If you do not have the original media that shipped with your products, visit ni.com/downloads/products to find the latest version of LabVIEW evaluation software and NI-DAQmx.

If you are upgrading an existing system, National Instruments recommends that you back up any applications, projects, or other related files before continuing.

Estimated install time: 1 hour

The LabVIEW Platform DVDs that ship with your product include several pieces of software, including the LabVIEW development environment and several add-on modules and toolkits. If you purchased any of these add-ons, you can install them using the LabVIEW Platform DVDs. If you want to evaluate any of these add-ons before purchasing them, you can install these add-ons from the LabVIEW Platform DVDs and try them free for 30 days.


Complete the following steps to install LabVIEW for Windows:

  1. Log on to Windows as an administrator or as a user with administrator privileges.
  2. Disable any automatic virus detection programs before you install. Some virus detection programs may interfere with installation.
  3. Insert the LabVIEW Platform DVD Disc 1. If you have autorun disabled or you downloaded LabVIEW, browse to your DVD drive or download location and double-click setup.exe. You may have to wait a few moments while the installer loads. Click Next to begin.

Figure 1. NI LabVIEW Platform DVD Installer

  1. Select whether you wish to enter a serial number to install products you have purchased or to install software in evaluation mode. If you choose to enter serial numbers, the installer can select the appropriate software to install for you. If you choose to evaluate products, proceed to Step 7.

Figure 2. Choose to install and activate purchased products or to install in evaluation mode.

  1. Enter serial numbers for the LabVIEW development system you purchased. If you have serial numbers for LabVIEW add-ons, such as modules and toolkits, you can also enter these now.

Figure 3. Enter serial numbers for purchased products you wish to install.

  1. View the Licensed Product List for the LabVIEW environment, modules, and toolkits you have valid licenses for in addition to device drivers. They will all be selected by default, but you may choose to not install any product in the list.

Figure 4. LabVIEW Platform DVD Licensed Product List

     
  1. Review the Evaluation Product List and select any additional products (modules or toolkits) you want to install and evaluate. For each product, you may select “Install” to minimize user interaction or “Custom Install” to further configure your installation.

Figure 5. LabVIEW Platform DVD Evaluation Product List

  1. The installer checks for patches or updates relevant to the products you are about to install. You can download the updates before continuing with the installation.
  2. Choose the installation directory for National Instruments software.
  3. Accept the License Agreement(s) and then click Next.
  4. Enter your full name and organization. This information will be used to complete your software registration.
  5. Review the summary before continuing to ensure all your products will be installed. Any products listed with (User interaction required) require user interaction to complete. Otherwise, the installation may be left unattended.

Figure 6. LabVIEW Platform DVD Installation Summary

  1. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish installing and activating LabVIEW and any module or toolkit that you selected.

At the end of the LabVIEW installation process, you will be prompted to insert the NI Device Drivers DVD if you chose to install device drivers from the product list. Otherwise, you will be prompted to activate your software. You can activate now or wait until you have finished installing the rest of your software.

After installing LabVIEW and any applicable modules or toolkits, you may install NI-DAQmx driver software. You must install NI-DAQmx driver software before installing any new NI hardware devices so Windows can detect them. You have three options for installation:

  • NI Device Drivers DVD: If you selected to install device drivers from the LabVIEW Platform DVD, you will be prompted to insert the NI Device Drivers DVD before continuing.
  • NI DAQ-mx DVD: All National Instruments DAQ devices include a DVD with the drivers you need to use the device.
  • Online Download: You can always find the latest driver software on the Drivers and Updates page.

Complete the following steps to install NI-DAQmx from the NI Device Drivers DVD.

  1. Insert the NI Device Drivers DVD when the LabVIEW Platform DVD installer prompts you. You may have to wait a few moments while the installer loads.

Figure 7. Insert the NI Device Drivers DVD

  1. Choose the installation directory for your National Instruments software. This should be the same root directory where you installed LabVIEW.
  2. Review the feature tree, which includes all NI device drivers and associated software. By default, Data Acquisition, Instrument Control, NI Spy, and NI Measurement & Automation Explorer are selected.

Figure 8. NI Device Drivers Feature List

  1. Select any additional device drivers you want to install for your NI hardware and click Next.
  2. Download any updates before continuing with the installation. The installer checks for patches or updates relevant to the products you are about to install.
  3. Accept the License Agreement(s) and then click Next.
  4. Review the summary before continuing with the installation to ensure all your device drivers will be installed.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. Reboot your system when you are prompted.
  6. Ensure that once installation is complete, you enable any virus detection programs you disabled.

Complete the following steps to install NI-DAQmx from the NI-DAQmx DVD that shipped with your NI data acquisition hardware or from your driver download.

  1. Insert your NI-DAQmx media into the DVD drive. If the NI-DAQmx installer does not open automatically or you downloaded the files, select Start»Run. Enter x:\autorun.exe, where x is the drive letter or your download location. You may have to wait a few moments while the installer loads.
  2. Choose the installation directory for National Instruments software. This should be the same root directory as your LabVIEW installation.
  3. Select either a typical or custom installation. A typical installation includes the NI-DAQmx device driver, NI Spy, Measurement & Automation Explorer, LabVIEW SignalExpress LE, and LabVIEW support. If you would like to keep these settings, click Next and proceed to Step 6. Otherwise, select Custom and click Next.

Figure 9. Choose typical or custom NI-DAQmx installations.

  1. Review the feature list, which includes all NI device drivers and associated software.

Figure 10. NI-DAQmx Feature List

  1. Download updates before continuing with the installation. The installer checks for patches or updates relevant to the products you are about to install.
  2. Accept the License Agreement(s) and then click Next.
  3. Review the summary before continuing to ensure all your device drivers will be installed.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. Reboot your system when you are prompted.
  5. Ensure that once installation is complete, you enable any virus detection programs you disabled.

To complete your installation, you must activate your software. You can activate licenses you have purchased for LabVIEW, modules, and toolkits during installation. If you do not activate a valid license for LabVIEW or any modules or toolkits that you install, the unlicensed product operates in evaluation mode. After you install the product, the evaluation begins the first time you launch the product and lasts 30 consecutive days. When the evaluation period expires, you must activate a valid license to continue using the product.

To activate the product license, use the serial number you received on the Certificate of Ownership included in the software kit. If your software kit does not include a Certificate of Ownership, you can find the serial number on the product packing slip or on the shipping label. If you have purchased the version of a product you want to activate, you also can use serial numbers from a previous version of the product to activate it. You can activate the LabVIEW license in any of the following ways:

    • After installation is complete, enter the serial number when prompted and complete the installation and activation process.

Figure 11. NI Activation Wizard

    • After you launch LabVIEW in evaluation mode, click the Activate Products button in the LabVIEW dialog box.

Figure 12. Launching LabVIEW in Evaluation Mode

    • While LabVIEW is running in evaluation mode, select Help»Activate LabVIEW Components. Or select Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI License Manager to launch NI License Manager.

Figure 13. NI License Manager

If you do not activate LabVIEW, modules, or toolkits during installation, LabVIEW prompts you to activate when you launch LabVIEW. After you activate the licenses for all LabVIEW products you installed, you no longer see this prompt.

 

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:

  • * Important product and driver updates
  • * Calibration reminders to keep your hardware in compliance
  • * Notifications about warranty expiration
  • * Simplified asset management for all your NI products on ni.com