This file contains important information about NI Package Manager 20.0, including system requirements, new features, and known issues.
Use NI Package Manager to install, update, repair, and remove NI software. Build and manage packages using the NI Package Manager command line interface.
NI Package Manager has the following system requirements:
NI Package Manager 20.0 supports 32- and 64-bit versions of the following operating systems:
1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 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 Refer to NI Package Manager Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021 for information about future OS support.
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/r/PAESupport.
Visit ni.com/r/NIPMDownload to download NI Package Manager. You can also install NI software without separately installing Package Manager first because NI software installers automatically install Package Manager to handle the installation of your software.
NI Package Manager 20.0 includes the following new features:
Package Manager enables the Automatically download and install missing dependencies from ni.com setting by default. This setting allows Package Manager to search for, download, and install missing dependencies from ni.com for both installation and upgrade operations.
You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Visit NI Package Manager 20.0 Known Issues for an up-to-date list of known issues in NI Package Manager.
Refer to the NI Package Manager 20.0 Manual, accessible from Settings»Help»Online Help, for information about NI Package Manager.
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 Automating an Installer in the NI Package Manager manual.
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 Package Manager 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, may not install or execute correctly 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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