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LabVIEW 2018 Readme for Windows

March 2018

This file contains important information about LabVIEW 2018 for Windows, including system requirements, installation instructions, known issues, and a partial list of bugs fixed for LabVIEW 2018.

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.

System Requirements

Installation Instructions

Product Security and Critical Updates

LabVIEW 2018 (64-bit)

Known Issues

Bug Fixes

Accessing the Help

Additions to the LabVIEW Help

Finding Examples

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

Legal Information


System Requirements

LabVIEW 2018 has the following requirements:

Windows Run-Time Engine Development Environment
Processor1 Pentium 4M/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 (version 1709)/8.1 Update 12/7 SP13
Windows Server 2012 R22
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP13
Windows 10 (version 1709)/8.1 Update 12/7 SP13
Windows Server 2012 R22
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP13
Disk Space 620 MB 5 GB (includes default drivers)
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 LabVIEW and LabVIEW Run-Time Engine require processors of the Pentium 4M/G1 generation or later, which are capable of executing SSE2 instructions.

2 NI software installs VC2015 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.

3 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.
  • In 2016 LabVIEW dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. LabVIEW 2018 will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use LabVIEW 2018 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing LabVIEW 2018, 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 NI ADE Installer Fail on Windows XP/Vista and Windows Server 2003?.
  • Support for Windows 32-bit operating systems may require disabling physical address extension (PAE). To learn how this might affect your system and what actions you might need to take, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code PAESupport.

Installation Instructions

Complete the following steps to install and activate LabVIEW for Windows.

Are you installing LabVIEW for the first time? Insert the LabVIEW Platform media and follow the onscreen instructions to install LabVIEW, modules, toolkits, and drivers. When prompted, enter the serial number for each product you want to activate. Your serial number can be found at ni.com/myproducts. If you are managing your license with a volume license server, you should receive your volume license file by email.

Are you upgrading from a previous version of LabVIEW? Refer to the LabVIEW Upgrade Notes for information about protecting existing VIs and projects before installing a new version of LabVIEW, as well as upgrade and compatibility issues and a complete list of new features in LabVIEW 2018.

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

LabVIEW 2018 (64-bit)

Use the LabVIEW Platform media to install modules and toolkits supported by LabVIEW 2018 (32-bit) and LabVIEW 2018 (64-bit). When run on Windows (64-bit), LabVIEW (64-bit) provides access to more memory than a 32-bit operating system or a 32-bit application can provide. LabVIEW (64-bit) is available in English only.

Supported Hardware

Refer to the NI website for information about drivers compatible with LabVIEW 2018 (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 (64-bit).

Supported Modules and Toolkits

LabVIEW 2018 (64-bit) supports a limited number of modules and toolkits. The following lists compares the modules and toolkits supported by LabVIEW (32-bit) and LabVIEW (64-bit).

Product LabVIEW 2018 (32-bit) LabVIEW 2018 (64-bit)
Advanced Signal Processing Toolkit
Control Design and Simulation Module
1
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
2
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 Assistant, Control Design Assistant, and real-time targets.

2 The MathScript RT Module (64-bit) does not support the libraries class of MathScript RT Module functions.

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.

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 2018.

Bug Fixes

The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues fixed in LabVIEW 2018. 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
457851 Bundling class data is slower than bundling cluster data.
536763 Pop-up menus can appear only limited number of times before LabVIEW crashes.
619819 Icon transparency of VIs is not maintained when building a packed project library.
629258 In some cases, reading from a corrupt TDMS file deletes the file from your machine.
630227 LabVIEW incorrectly allows dropping a shared variable into a cluster.
631802 Exporting typedef array of numerics to Excel may crash LabVIEW.
639000 LabVIEW crashes when updating the radix of a numeric control on an Actor Core VI that is running.
643107 Changing the line styles of multiple plots does not work as expecting in XY graphs.
645059 Uninitialized shift registers may cause incorrect type propagation.
648582 Cannot create Express VIs in certain localized versions of LabVIEW.
658587 Rescripting a message for an actor on a Linux RT target results in error 7.
664649 Accessing a DVR and deleting its reference in parallel can, in certain circumstances, cause LabVIEW to crash.
666823 VIs that use channel wires are broken when built into a packed project library.
670440 When dynamically registering events, LabVIEW may behave unexpectedly if an event is fired and unregistered before it is processed.
671753 The LabVIEW Application Builder has the potential to hang when building malleable VIs with subarray or substring inputs.
672120 Malleable VIs may not properly break after you rename a class method that the mallable VI calls when performing class substitution.
678973 Tools»Synchronize with ni.com Icon Library fails in the LabVIEW Icon Editor.
684125 In some cases, resizing a mixed signal graph causes LabVIEW to crash.

Accessing the Help

Refer to the LabVIEW Help, accessible by selecting Help»LabVIEW Help from LabVIEW, for information about LabVIEW 2018.

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:

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.

If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.6.2, 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 4.6.2 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.


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End-User License Agreements and Third-Party Legal Notices

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Patents

For patents covering the NI products/technology, refer to the appropriate location: Help»Patents in your software, the patents.txt file on your media, or the NI Patent Notice at ni.com/patents.

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