This file contains important information about LabVIEW 2016 for Windows, including system requirements, installation instructions, a partial list of bugs fixed for LabVIEW 2016 for Windows, and known issues.
Refer to the NI website for the latest information about LabVIEW.
Refer to the labview\readme directory for readme files about LabVIEW add-ons, such as modules and toolkits.
LabVIEW 2016 has the following 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 10/8.11/7 SP12 |
Windows Server 2012 R21
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP12
|Windows 10/8.11/7 SP12 |
Windows Server 2012 R21
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP12
|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.|
| 1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.1. 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.
Note You cannot access LabVIEW using a Guest account on Windows.
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:
When run on Windows (64-bit), LabVIEW 2016 (64-bit) provides access to more memory than a 32-bit operating system or a 32-bit application can provide. LabVIEW 2016 (64-bit) is available in English only.
Refer to the NI website for information about drivers compatible with LabVIEW 2016 (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 2016 (64-bit).
LabVIEW 2016 (64-bit) supports a limited number of modules and toolkits. The following list compares the modules and toolkits available on the LabVIEW Platform installation media.
|Product||LabVIEW 2016 (32-bit)||LabVIEW 2016 (64-bit)|
|Advanced Signal Processing Toolkit|| |
|Control Design and Simulation Module|| |
|Database Connectivity Toolkit|| |
|DataFinder Toolkit|| |
|Datalogging and Supervisory Control Module|| |
|Desktop Execution Trace Toolkit for Windows|| |
|Digital Filter Design Toolkit|| |
|FPGA Module|| |
|MathScript RT Module|| |
|Report Generation Toolkit for Microsoft Office|| |
|Real-Time Module|| |
|Robotics Module|| |
|SoftMotion Module|| |
|Statechart Module|| |
|Sound and Vibration Measurement Suite|| |
|Unit Test Framework Toolkit|| |
|VI Analyzer Toolkit|| |
|Vision Development Module|| |
| 1 The Control Design and Simulation Module (64-bit) does not support the System Identification VIs, System Identification Assistant, and Control Design Assistant. |
2 The MathScript RT Module (64-bit) does not support the libraries class of MathScript RT Module functions.
You can install modules and toolkits supported by LabVIEW 2016 (32-bit) using the LabVIEW Platform installation media. To install modules and toolkits supported by LabVIEW 2016 (64-bit), refer to the NI website for available web downloads or use the LabVIEW 2016 (64-bit) installation media. Refer to the NI website for information about obtaining a copy of LabVIEW 2016 (64-bit).
Refer to the readme of each product for more information about 32-bit and 64-bit support, system requirements, installation instructions, and activation. For information about products not listed in the previous table, refer to the user documentation of those products.
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 2016.
The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues fixed in LabVIEW 2016. 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.
|333388||Incorrect highlight execution order with LVOOP property node|
|405304||Menu Item VIs can cause LabVIEW to crash|
|425622||Edit Events menu for Event Structures can delete the new event you are trying to create|
|434420||Leading zeros are not allowed in Numeric Case Selector values|
|463239||Resizing the front panel in an EXE and running Quit LabVIEW.vi causes an access violation|
|468139||.NET Callback Event VI keeps the Callback VI reserved even after calling a Close Reference VI is called|
|518954||Unconstrained Downhill Simplex ignores some stopping conditions|
|519216||LabVIEW crash when closing subVI Icon Editor that was opened from VI Hierarchy|
|526175||Spreadsheet String to Array VI crashes when an empty string is wired to delimeter input|
|530595||Not a Refnum Primitive returns incorrect value when evaluating a specific type of "Invalid Refnum"|
|533890||lvinput.dll crashes on Surface Pro 3|
|534553||Quit LabVIEW function closes VI if you choose cancel|
|539895||File Dialog Express VI alters error chain|
|544435||1-D Array Probe Display Window has issues with high resolutions|
|544526||Fatal Internal Error 0x89B93EF0: "drawmgr2.cpp" when running Mac application for extended time|
|544533||Scripting dynamic events on an event structure returns Error 1|
|544907||Delaunay Triangulation hangs on certain input data|
|546555||Error 1025 when creating Override VI for an already open parent class|
|547120||Incorrect VI dataflow when using an Error Wire with a parallelized For Loop|
|548355||Running a VI using the 'DataSocket Select URL.VI', navigating to a remote machine on the network, and browsing to the DataSocket Server Item can cause LabVIEW to crash|
|549429||DAbort 0x34E86741 ConvertNum called with non-numeric|
|554381||Sort items in the Choose Implementation class dialog alphabetically|
|555317||In rare cases Waveform Charts can show different sets of data when pulling from the same source|
|555758||Using the 'Unflatten From String Function' to unflatten an "invalid" string within LabVIEW x64 can cause the computer to become unresponsive|
|555788||Using "Fast File Format" to build an executable could result in error 2208 in some cases|
|555868||Using the Tree Control 'Drag Starting? Event' allows you to Delete the reference to the item you are dragging and can result in a LabVIEW crash|
|561615||In specific cases, building a LabVIEW executable with shared variables causes Error 1003 during the build|
|564219||Sometimes if RFmx continuously modifies the loading state of the UI thread, a race condition can occur and potentially cause a crash|
|564417||Special characters in Control names can cause Unit Tests to not recognize cluster elements in some cases|
|567369||LabVIEW crashes when getting the properties of a class containing a member VI with certain connector pane configurations.|
|569362||In cases of extreme load on a TCP server, LabVIEW can miss new connection notifications, causing a timeout|
|569793||Rare persistent Error 56 at TCP Read|
|570547||Bluetooth Read, Write, and Close primitives have TCP icon|
|571421||In certain cases, dynamically calling a VI containing a SubVI can cause a memory leak. The size of the memory leak scales with the size of the SubVI and its dependencies|
|571556||Showing Visible Items on Waveform Chart probe does not resize chart in the probe window|
|571713||Scripting a Value Change event for an IVI Logical Name control crashes LabVIEW|
|571935||Closing a project library containing a class with unsaved changes does not prompt for save|
|573160||The German, Chinese, and Japanese LabVIEW registry files have the incorrect LabVIEW version|
|573195||If applications called from SystemExec.vi crash, it can affect LabVIEW TCP communication|
|573539||In some cases, DNS name resolution in LabVIEW can block other TCP calls|
|574048||Error 8 when trying to create an actor under an unsaved library|
|575278||Error 1019 when creating a message, if the actor contains a never-before-saved method|
|578899||LabVIEW 64-bit Development Environment has the potential to crash while running certain RFmx examples|
|580210||Remote debugging sessions that involve packed project libraries can stop unexpectedly|
|580212||Remote debugging VIs that were built without front panels can close the session unexpectedly|
|581199||Unflatten From String throws error 74, does not update indicators|
|585229||LabVIEW packed project library can cause calling executable to break when rebuilt|
Refer to the LabVIEW Help, accessible by selecting Help»LabVIEW Help from LabVIEW, for information about LabVIEW 2016.
The following list contains additional changes to LabVIEW that are not included in the LabVIEW Help, the LabVIEW Upgrade Notes, or both:
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.
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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.
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