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LabVIEW 2015 Service Pack 1 Readme for Windows

December 2015

This file contains important information about LabVIEW 2015 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows, including system requirements, installation instructions, known issues, and a partial list of bugs fixed for LabVIEW 2015 SP1.

Refer to the NI website for the latest information about LabVIEW 2015 SP1.

Refer to the labview\readme directory for readme files about LabVIEW add-ons, such as modules and toolkits.

System Requirements

Installation Instructions

Product Security and Critical Updates

Known Issues

LabVIEW 2015 SP1 (64-bit)

Additions to the LabVIEW Help

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

NI Software Support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003

Legal Information

System Requirements

Windows Run-Time Engine Development Environment
Processor Pentium III/Celeron 866 MHz (or equivalent) or later (32-bit)
Pentium 4 G1 (or equivalent) or later (64-bit)
Pentium 4M (or equivalent) or later (32-bit)
Pentium 4 G1 (or equivalent) or later (64-bit)
RAM 256 MB 1 GB
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels 1024 x 768 pixels
Operating System Windows 10/8.1/7 Service Pack 1/Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
Windows XP SP3 (32-bit)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit)
Windows 10/8.1/7 Service Pack 1/Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
Windows XP SP3 (32-bit)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit)
Disk Space 620 MB 5 GB (includes default drivers from the NI Device Drivers media)
Color Palette N/A LabVIEW and the LabVIEW Help contain 16-bit color graphics. LabVIEW requires a minimum color palette setting of 16-bit color.
Temporary Files Directory N/A LabVIEW uses a directory for storing temporary files. NI recommends that you have several megabytes of disk space available for this temporary directory.
Adobe Reader N/A You must have Adobe Reader installed to search PDF versions of all LabVIEW manuals.
Note  The following list describes restrictions for using LabVIEW on Windows:
  • LabVIEW does not support Windows 2000/NT/Me/98/95 or Windows XP x64.
  • You cannot access LabVIEW using a Guest account on Windows.

Installation Instructions

Depending on whether you are installing LabVIEW for the first time or upgrading from a previous version, refer to one of the following documents for information about installing LabVIEW:

  • LabVIEW Installation Guide—Includes information about installing LabVIEW, modules and toolkits, drivers, and hardware.
  • LabVIEW Upgrade Notes—Includes information about protecting existing VIs and projects before you install a new version of LabVIEW, as well as upgrade and compatibility issues and a complete list of new features in LabVIEW 2015.

You can access the LabVIEW Installation Guide and the LabVIEW Upgrade Notes at as well as on the installation media.

Note  If you purchased this product with an NI Software Suite or NI Product Bundle, use the installation media that shipped with your purchase to install this product.

Product Security and Critical Updates

Visit to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about NI products. Visit for information about critical updates from NI.

Known Issues

You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the NI website for an up-to-date list of known issues in LabVIEW 2015 and LabVIEW 2015 SP1.

LabVIEW 2015 SP1 (64-bit)

When run on Windows (64-bit), LabVIEW 2015 SP1 (64-bit) provides access to more memory than a 32-bit operating system or a 32-bit application can provide. LabVIEW 2015 SP1 (64-bit) includes nearly all of the development environment features of LabVIEW 2015 SP1 (32-bit).

Refer to the NI website for information about obtaining a copy of LabVIEW 2015 SP1 (64-bit).

Supported Hardware

LabVIEW 2015 SP1 (64-bit) supports many hardware devices. Refer to the NI website for information about drivers compatible with LabVIEW 2015 SP1 (64-bit). For GPIB devices, you must use at least NI-488.2 2.6 for Windows. Refer to the specific hardware documentation for more information about compatibility with LabVIEW 2015 SP1 (64-bit).

Supported Modules and Toolkits

LabVIEW 2015 SP1 (64-bit) supports a limited number of modules and toolkits. The following list is a subset of modules and toolkits supported by LabVIEW 2015 SP1 (64-bit).

  • Advanced Signal Processing Toolkit
  • Report Generation Toolkit for Microsoft Office
  • Sound and Vibration Measurement Suite (excluding Express VIs)
  • Vision Development Module

Refer to the NI website for more information about LabVIEW (64-bit) and supported modules and toolkits.

Additions to the LabVIEW Help

The following list contains additional changes to LabVIEW that are not included in the LabVIEW Help, the LabVIEW Upgrade Notes, or both:

  • NI does not support remote front panels for Google Chrome starting from version 42. Visit the NI website for more information.

Bug Fixes

The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues fixed in LabVIEW 2015 SP1. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of LabVIEW. If you have a CAR ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.

ID Fixed Issue
515054 Icon transparency of VIs is not maintained when building a Source Distribution
530816 In rare cases, LabVIEW may crash when saving the results of the Compare VI Hierarchies tool when used on a reentrant VI
530928 Internal warning when saving a VI with a Fixed-Point datatype for LabVIEW 8.2 or earlier
534471 When building a packed project library containing classes, changes in class inheritance would not propagate to calling VIs
537078 Case Structure auto-complete functions incorrectly when used with Enum Controls in LabVIEW 2015
537780 Unregistering and re-registering an event while an event callback VI is running may crash LabVIEW when the callback VI returns
537859 LabVIEW 64-bit crashes when selecting a result from the Search text box on Windows 10
538332 Make Space/Remove Space does not work when Bookmark Manager is open and there is a bookmark in the VI
540922 Channel Wires are incompatible with Control & Simulation Loop tunnels
542232 LabVIEW executables with ActiveX Server enabled do not have read-only properties
542858 In rare cases, LabVIEW applications that contain a Web Service may crash on exit
543507 DAbort 0x2CADF6E3 caused by scrolling the mouse wheel within an array
544852 In some cases, LabVIEW 2015 creates a minor internal warning when shrinking diagrams
545175 In some cases, using Sort 1D Array and Array Max & Min or Less Than on a cluster would report incorrect data
546121 Ctrl-A, then Delete does not delete the icon in the Icon Editor in LabVIEW 2015
552345 In rare cases, updating an IMAQ indicator and a LabVIEW Listbox at a high rate in two different, but visible, VIs can cause LabVIEW to crash

Accessing the Help

Refer to the LabVIEW Help, accessible by selecting Help»LabVIEW Help from LabVIEW, for information about LabVIEW 2015 SP1.

Finding Examples

Select Help»Find Examples from LabVIEW to launch the NI Example Finder. You can modify an example VI to fit an application, or you can copy and paste from one or more examples into a VI 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

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.

Using NI Launcher

NI Launcher helps you find and launch installed NI products. It provides you with a method of finding NI products similar to the Start menu in previous versions of Microsoft Windows. To use NI Launcher, click the NI Launcher tile in the Apps view. NI Launcher launches the desktop and opens a menu containing a list of NI products. Click any NI product to launch it.

Note  NI MAX does not appear as a desktop shortcut when installed on Microsoft Windows 8.1. You can launch NI MAX either from the Apps view or from within NI Launcher.

Pinning Frequently Used Applications

For convenience, you can pin your most-used NI applications, such as MAX, to either the Start screen or the Taskbar on the desktop, as necessary:

Current ApplicationIcon LocationPin to Action
Windows 8.1 DesktopDesktop TaskbarRight-click application and select Pin to Taskbar
Windows 8.1 Desktop Start screenRight-click application and select Pin to Start
Windows 8.1 Start screenDesktop TaskbarRight-click application and select Pin to taskbar from the menu bar on the bottom of the screen

Finding All Programs

If you want to find a particular application or related files, such as documentation files, from the Start screen, you can access all installed files from the Apps view. To get to the Apps view, click the down arrow on the bottom left of the screen.

For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit

LabVIEW Drops Support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 in 2016

LabVIEW will drop support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 as of July 1, 2016. Versions of LabVIEW that ship after July 1, 2016 will not install or run on Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003. For detailed information about NI application software product life cycles, visit and enter one of the following Info Codes:

Product Info Code
Measurement Studiomstudiolifecycle

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