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LabWindows/CVI for Windows, Version 2017 Readme

May 2017

This file contains important information about LabWindows™/CVI™, including installation instructions, programming considerations, a partial list of bugs fixed for LabWindows/CVI 2017, and known issues. Refer to the LabWindows/CVI Release Notes for more information about new features.

Caution  Installing LabWindows/CVI 2017 replaces any previous version of the LabWindows/CVI Shared Runtime with the LabWindows/CVI 2017 Shared Runtime. To restore the previous runtime, uninstall LabWindows/CVI 2017 and any previous versions of LabWindows/CVI on the computer. Then reinstall the LabWindows/CVI version you want to use.

If you have a beta version of LabWindows/CVI, you must uninstall the beta version before you install a non-beta version of LabWindows/CVI.

Contents

System Requirements

Installation Instructions

Activating LabWindows/CVI

After Installation

Product Security and Critical Updates

Behavior Changes in LabWindows/CVI

    Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2017

    Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2015 SP1

    Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2015

    Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2013 SP2

    Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2013 SP1

    Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2013

    Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2012

    Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2010

    Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2009

    Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 9.0 and Earlier

Known Issues

Bug Fixes

Accessing the Help

Finding Examples

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

LabWindows/CVI 2017 Drops Support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003

Legal Information

System Requirements

LabWindows/CVI 2017 has the following requirements:

Note National Instruments recommends that you install Microsoft Hotfix 2588507 for 64-bit Windows operating systems. Refer to the National Instruments support article, Why Does National Instruments Software List Microsoft Hotfix 2588507 as a System Requirement?, located on the National Instruments website, for more information about this issue.

1 NI software installs Microsoft Visual C ++ 2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 require Microsoft updates to support these items. Refer to Microsoft KB2919442 and KB2919355 for more information about how to install these updates.

2 NI software is signed with a SHA-256 certificate. Windows 7 SP1, Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 require Microsoft updates to support SHA-256. Refer to Microsoft KB3033929 for more information about how to install this security update.

Installation Instructions

National Instruments recommends that you install the complete LabWindows/CVI program to take full advantage of all LabWindows/CVI 2017 functionality. If you choose to install with options, select the options you want and follow the on-screen directions. If necessary, you can run the setup program again to install or remove additional files.

The LabWindows/CVI Platform DVD includes LabWindows/CVI and the following modules and toolkits.

Modules

Toolkits

Depending on the package of LabWindows/CVI you purchase, you can activate various toolkits:

If you want to evaluate other modules or toolkits before purchasing them, you can install these add-ons from the LabWindows/CVI Platform DVD and try them for 45 days. After an initial 7 day period, you can register on ni.com for access to the remainder of the evaluation period.

Installation Considerations

Running the Installation

Complete the following steps to install LabWindows/CVI:

Note  If you already have a different version of LabWindows/CVI installed on your computer, be sure to install version 2017 in a different directory. If you want to install to an existing directory, uninstall the other version before installing LabWindows/CVI 2017.

You must have administrator privileges to install LabWindows/CVI.

  1. Insert the LabWindows/CVI media into the disk drive. If the media does not run automatically, open Windows Explorer, right-click the disk drive icon, and select AutoPlay.
  2. On installation startup, the National Instruments LabWindows/CVI screen appears. Click Install LabWindows/CVI, Modules, and Toolkits.
  3. Continue to follow the instructions on the screen.

    Note  If you have a serial number for the product you want to install, enter the number during installation when you are prompted. You also can activate the product after installation. For more information about finding serial numbers, refer to ni.com/info and enter SerialNumbers_en as the Info Code.
  4. If you selected Device Drivers in the Product List, the LabWindows/CVI installer prompts you to insert the National Instruments Device Drivers DVD after you install LabWindows/CVI and any selected modules and toolkits. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the device drivers.
  5. If you have an active Internet connection, the installer prompts you to select Windows SDK components to install. The components you select are downloaded and installed from the Microsoft website. For more information about the components, refer to ni.com/info and enter the Info Code CVI_Windows81SDK.

    If you do not have an active Internet connection, LabWindows/CVI installs all Windows SDK components, which might not be the latest components available on the Microsoft website.

    Note  If you cancel the Windows SDK installation, LabWindows/CVI will not function properly. You can download the Windows SDK from one of the following places:

    • The Microsoft website
    • ni.com—Visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code DownloadMSDTWindowsSDK
  6. Install hardware. Refer to your device documentation, such as printed manuals or PDFs, for information about installing your NI hardware.
  7. To activate a National Instruments product, refer to the Activating LabWindows/CVI section.

Activating LabWindows/CVI

The NI Licensing Wizard guides you through the activation process. If you installed your NI software for the first time, the installer may automatically launch the NI Licensing Wizard. Otherwise, launch your software and choose to activate when prompted. If you are not prompted, perform the following steps:

  1. Launch NI License Manager by selecting Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI License Manager.
  2. Click Activate Software on the ribbon.
Follow the instructions on the screen to activate LabWindows/CVI. For more information about activation, refer to the Activating Your Software topic in the LabWindows/CVI Help.

Note  If you are unable to activate LabWindows/CVI, refer to the web page at ni.com/activate.

After Installation

Product Security and Critical Updates

Visit ni.com/security to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about National Instruments products. Visit ni.com/critical-updates for information about critical updates from National Instruments.

Behavior Changes in LabWindows/CVI

Refer to the following sections for behavior changes specific to different versions of LabWindows/CVI. Refer to the LabWindows/CVI Release Information web page on ni.com for an up-to-date list of behavior changes in LabWindows/CVI.

Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2017

Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2015 SP1

Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2015

Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2013 SP2

Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2013 SP1

Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2013

Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2012

Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2010

Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2009

Behavior Changes Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 9.0 and Earlier

Known Issues

This version of LabWindows/CVI has the following known issues. Refer to the LabWindows/CVI Known Issues web page on ni.com for a complete list of known issues in this version of LabWindows/CVI.

Bug Fixes

Refer to the LabWindows/CVI Bug Fix Information web page on ni.com for an up-to-date list of bug fixes in this version of LabWindows/CVI.

Accessing the Help

Refer to the LabWindows/CVI Help, accessible from the Help menu, for information about LabWindows/CVI.

Finding Examples

Select Help»Find Examples from LabWindows/CVI to launch the NI Example Finder. LabWindows/CVI examples are located in the CVI2017\samples\CVI samples directory. You can modify an example program to fit an application, or you can copy and paste from one or more examples into a program that you create.

Automating the Installation of NI Products

You can automate the installation of most NI products using command-line arguments to suppress some or all of the installer user interface and dialog boxes. However, starting with the August 2012 releases (products using NI Installers version 3.1 or later), you may need to perform additional steps before or during a silent installation of NI software.

If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.0, the .NET installer may run before any NI software installs and may require a reboot before the installation of NI software begins. To avoid a .NET reboot, install .NET 4.0 separately before you install NI software.

For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 is the latest version of the Windows operating system and features significant changes compared to previous versions. Windows 10 introduces several new capabilities and also combines features from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. For more information about NI support for Windows 10, visit ni.com/windows10.

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

When you install NI software on Microsoft Windows 8.1, you will notice a few additional tiles in the Apps view, including shortcuts to NI application software products such as NI LabVIEW, Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX), and NI Launcher. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit ni.com/windows8.

LabWindows/CVI Dropped Support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003

LabWindows/CVI dropped support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack). LabWindows/CVI dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 in 2015. LabWindows/CVI 2015 SP1 and later will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use LabWindows/CVI 2015 SP1 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing LabWindows/CVI 2015 SP1, you cannot use any installers built on this computer with any version of LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, NI TestStand™, or Measurement Studio on an unsupported OS.

For more information about the changes to our OS support for 2016, refer to KB 79UC78LS, Why Does my LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Measurement Studio, or TestStand Built Installer Fail on Windows XP/Vista and Server 2003?.


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