This file contains important information about National Instruments Industrial Controller Device Drivers, including installation instructions, new features, fixed issues, and known issues.
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Industrial Controller Device Drivers Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021
NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers allows you to configure Industrial Controller devices and control their digital I/O. This release supports the following hardware:
Refer to the NI Industrial Controller website at ni.com/industrial-controller for the latest information about NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers.
The development computer must meet the following requirements to run NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers:
|Processor||Pentium 4 1 GHz or equivalent|
|Memory||512 MB RAM|
|Display||1,024 × 768 resolution video adapter with a 16-bit display|
|Minimum Recommended |
Free Hard Disk Space
|Operating System|| |
Note NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers 16.0 dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers 16.0 and later will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers 16.0 or later to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers 16.0 or later, 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?.
Note 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.
1 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.
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.
3Only supported as pre-installed on NI hardware.
The following table lists the NI application and driver software versions, including service packs, supported by the NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers. The installer specifically allows side-by-side installations of NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers for each of the supported versions of LabVIEW, enabling you to use the NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers with multiple versions of LabVIEW. National Instruments recommends that you install LabVIEW, LabVIEW Real-Time, and any other supported development environment before installing NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers.
|NI Application Software or Driver Software||Versions Supported by NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers|
|NI LabVIEW||2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|NI LabVIEW Real-Time Module||2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|NI LabVIEW FPGA Module||2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|NI Vision Development Module||2015 SP1 or later|
|NI Vision Acquisition Software||February 2016 or later|
|NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection||IC-3120, 3121, and 3173—2015 or later |
IC-3171 and 3172—2015 f1 or later
The following list describes the new features in NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers 19.0
Refer to the National Instruments Website for an up-to-date list of all bug fixes in this release.
You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the National Instruments Web site for an up-to-date list of known issues in NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers.
The following list contains potential high severity issues that you may want to review before using this product. Refer to the previous link to determine if any known issues have been resolved in a subsequent update.
Complete the following steps to install NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers:
Note: You must have administrator access to install NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers.
NI Industrial Controllers Device Drivers integrate with NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX), the National Instruments utility for configuring and testing your measurement and automation system. The NI MAX icon appears on your desktop after you install NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers.
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.
If you are using a Windows development machine, the LabVIEW Real-Time Module, and an RT industrial controller, complete the following steps to install and configure NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers.
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 4.6.2, 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, refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:
Documentation is installed onto your hard drive with NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers. To view the documentation, select Start»All Programs»National Instruments»Industrial Controller.
Refer to the National Instruments Product Manuals Library at ni.com/manuals for the most recent versions of product documentation.
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.
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.
NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers will drop support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and all 32-bit Windows operating systems starting in 2021. Versions of this product that ship after May 1, 2021, will not install or run on these operating systems. For detailed information about NI operating system support, visit ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.
For detailed information about NI application software product life cycles, visit ni.com/info and enter one of the following Info Codes:
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