LabWindows™/CVI Life Cycle Policy

Through the LabWindows/CVI Life Cycle Policy, you can access guidelines for better understanding and use of your NI product investment. This policy should help you answer common questions, such as When should I upgrade? Which LabWindows/CVI versions are supported? What support should I expect for LabWindows/CVI versions? In addition, the LabWindows/CVI Life Cycle Policy helps you plan migrations and maximize your resources.

LabWindows/CVI Life Cycle Dates

Version 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
LabWindows/CVI 9.0                  
LabWindows/CVI 2009                  
LabWindows/CVI 2010                  
LabWindows/CVI 2012                  
LabWindows/CVI 2013                  
  •   Current Release Support
  •   Mainstream Support
  •   Extended Support

LabWindows/CVI Life Cycle Policy Phases


Current Release Support

Mainstream Support

Extended Support

Technical Support      
Online technical support, including forums, white papers, and tutorials
Paid technical support programs, including support-only and the Standard Service Program 1
LabWindows/CVI patches at NI discretion (smaller, off-cycle fixes)
Product available for purchase
(upon request)

¹Available only through long-term service contract.

LabWindows/CVI Life Cycle Dates

Version Current Release Support
(release date)
Mainstream Support
(end date)
Extended Support
(end date)
LabWindows/CVI 8.5 October 2007 October 2011 Ongoing
LabWindows/CVI 9.0 November 2008 November 2012 Ongoing
LabWindows/CVI 2009 December 2009 December 2013 Ongoing
LabWindows/CVI 2010 December 2010 December 2014 Ongoing
LabWindows/CVI 2012 August 2012 August 2016 Ongoing
LabWindows/CVI 2013 August 2013 August 2018 Ongoing

LabWindows/CVI OS Support Roadmap

Version    8.5    9.0    2009    2010 2012 2013
Windows 2000            
Windows XP (32-bit)1,2            
Windows Vista (32-bit)2            
Windows Vista (64-bit)2            
Windows 7 (32-bit)            
Windows 7 (64-bit)            
Windows 8 (32-bit)            
Windows 8 (64-bit)            
Windows 8.1 (32-bit)            
Windows 8.1 (64-bit)            
Windows Server 2003 (32-bit)2            
Windows Server 2008 (64-bit)            
Linux Run-Time            
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 5            
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 4            
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 3            
SUSE Linux 10.1            
SUSE Linux 10.3            
SUSE Linux 11.0            
SUSE Linux 11.1            
Mandrake Linux 10.1 Official            
Mandriva Linux 2006            
Scientific Linux 4            
Scientific Linux 5            

1LabWindows/CVI also supports Windows XP Pro for Embedded Systems, the version of Windows XP that Microsoft continues to support for use in embedded systems.

2LabWindows/CVI will drop support for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2003 as of July 1, 2015. Versions of LabWindows/CVI that are shipped after July 1, 2015, will not install or run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2003. For detailed information on this change, visit National Instruments Support Life Cycle for Windows XP/Vista/Server 2003

  •   Mainstream Support (includes all LabWindows/CVI modules and toolkits)
  •   ExtendedSupport (compatible but does not support new features)

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