National Instruments Product Compatibility for Microsoft Windows 10

Publish Date: Oct 16, 2018 | 27 Ratings | 3.67 out of 5 | Print

Overview

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. Use the resources below to learn how Windows 10 impacts engineers and scientists, help determine whether you should adopt the new technology, and understand best practices for developing engineering and scientific applications on Windows 10.

Table of Contents

  1. Moving Existing Applications to Windows 10
  2. Accessing NI Software in Windows 10
  3. Known Compatibility Issues
  4. How to Use the Windows 10 Compatibility Tables
  5. NI Product Compatibility for Microsoft Windows 10
  6. Related Resources

1. Moving Existing Applications to Windows 10

In general, existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 applications should continue to function in Windows 10, but hardware drivers and development environments may need to be updated to the August 2015 release or newer.

 

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2. Accessing NI Software in Windows 10

Windows 10 reintroduces the Start menu, which changes how you access NI products. Top-level shortcuts, such as MAX, are listed under the alphabetized N section of the All Apps menu. All secondary shortcuts are under the National Instruments section of the menu.

As with Windows 8, NI software will not operate as a Windows Store app and any application created with NI software will not be able to operate as a Windows Store app. This is because the operating system limits necessary access to the Win32 API. For more information, read the article What Does Windows RT Mean for My LabVIEW Applications?

 

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3. Known Compatibility Issues

Silverlight Support 

Some NI components require Microsoft Silverlight to function properly. The default browser in Windows 10, Microsoft Edge, does not support Silverlight. Google Chrome also no longer supports Silverlight. Windows 10 includes Internet Explorer 11 for backward compatibility, which supports Silverlight. All Silverlight pages launched from MAX will use Internet Explorer, but Silverlight-based pages launched manually using a default browser that does not support Silverlight, such as Edge or Chrome, will fail to open. For more information about using Silverlight-based pages on Windows 10, refer to KnowledgeBase Remote Front Panels, NI Network Browser, and the Web Interface (WIF) Do Not Work in Google Chrome Version 42 or Higher

Fast Startup Issues

NI strongly encourages its customers to disable fast startup. For more information, refer to KnowledgeBase Hardware Not Detected or Not Functional in Windows Due to Fast Startup.

Repairing NI Software After Upgrading

Performing a repair on NI software after upgrading to Windows 10 can result in a loss of access to hardware associated with repaired drivers. To restore the NI device drivers to a working state, perform a second repair on the affected device drivers. This was an issue originally discovered when upgrading from Windows 8.0 to 8.1 that also applies to Windows 10 upgrades.

 

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4. How to Use the Windows 10 Compatibility Tables

  • In the table below, the column titled 'Windows 10 64-bit (Using 32-bit Software)' indicates the first version of 32-bit software that will run within the Windows on Windows (WOW64) emulation layer.
  • In the tables below, Not supported means the end user cannot use 32-bit NI software in their 64-bit software scenarios. Not applicable means the software bitness for that version of the operating system does not exist or is not a valid configuration. For example, MAX or LabWindows™/CVI™ development environments do not have 64-bit versions of the executable, but will work on 64-bit Windows 10. A 64-bit program will not work on a 32-bit operating system.

 

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5. NI Product Compatibility for Microsoft Windows 10

 

What is the difference between Windows 10 32-bit and Windows 10 64-bit?

Windows 10 32-bit can run on either x86 or x64 hardware. Similar to Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 10 32-bit provides access only to 32-bit addresses. As a result, even though Windows 10 32-bit will run on x64 hardware, it is limited to using 4 gigabytes of RAM. Windows 10 32-bit cannot run 64-bit versions of drivers or software designed to run natively on 64-bit operating systems.

Windows 10 64-bit can be installed only on x64 hardware. This version of the operating system allows software to use 64-bit addresses to access hardware and can therefore access much larger memory spaces.  In order to run successfully on Windows 10 64-bit, all drivers must have native 64-bit support. However, most 32-bit software applications can run within a Windows 10 64-bit emulation layer.

For more detailed information on the difference between Windows 32-bit and 64-bit, see Using National Instruments Products on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows.

 

Software

Because Windows 10 release date was very close to National Instruments August 2015 software release date, August 2015 releases were not documented with respect to Windows 10 support. Based on testing after Windows 10 release, the following National Instruments software packages are compatible with the listed versions of Windows 10 32-bit and Windows 10 64-bit. As of 2016, all new versions and service pack updates of National Instruments software document their compatibility with Windows 10 in their Readme files. If there is any question about the compatibility of a piece of software with the 64-bit versions of Windows and LabVIEW, please refer to the Readme for that release.

 

National Instruments Software Windows 10 32-bit Windows 10 64-bit
(Using 32-bit Software)
Windows 10 64-bit
(Using 64-bit Software)
NI Analog Video Generator Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI Analog Waveform Editor Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI AudioMASTER Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI Calibration Executive 3.6 3.6 Not applicable
NI DIAdem 2015 SP1 2015 SP1 2015 SP1
NI Digital Video Generator Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI Digital Waveform Editor 3.0 3.0 Not applicable
NI FlexLogger Not applicable Not applicable 2018 R2
NI Functional Safety Editor Not supported Not supported September 2017
NI Instrument Studio Not applicable Not applicable 2018
NI I/O Trace 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI LabVIEW 32-bit 2015 SP1 2015 SP1 Not applicable
NI LabVIEW 64-bit Not applicable Not applicable 2015 SP1
LabVIEW Communications System Design Software Not applicable Not applicable 2.0
LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite Not applicable Not applicable 2.1
LabVIEW NXG Not applicable Not applicable 1.0
NI SignalExpress Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
NI LabWindows™/CVI™ 2015 2015 Not applicable
NI LabWindows/CVI Run-Time Engine 2015 2015 2015
NI Lookout (Lookout FDS) Not supported Not supported Not applicable
NI MATRIXx 7.2.8 7.2.8 7.2.8
NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) 15.0 15.0 Not applicable
NI Measurement Studio 2015 2015 2015
NI Multisim 14.0.1 14.0.1 Not supported
NI Package Manager Not applicable Not applicable 17.0
NI Picture Quality Analysis (PQA) Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI Real-Time Hypervisor Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI Requirements Gateway 2014 2014 Not applicable
NI Switch Executive 2017 2017 2017
NI SystemLink Client Not applicable Not applicable 17.0
NI SystemLink Server Not applicable Not applicable 17.0
NI TestStand 2014 SP1 2014 SP1 2014 SP1
NI Ultiboard 14.0.1 14.0.1 Not supported
NI Update Service 2.3 2.3 17.0
NI VeriStand 2015 2015 Not applicable
NI Video Measurement Suite (VMS) Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI VirtualBench 16.0 16.0 16.0
NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection 2015 2015 2015
InsightCM Server Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI LabVIEW for LEGO® MINDSTORMS 2016 2016 Not applicable


Add-ons and Toolkits

The following National Instruments Add-ons and Toolkits are compatible with the listed versions Windows 10 32-bit and Windows 10 64-bit: 

 

National Instruments Software Windows 10 32-bit Windows 10 64-bit
(Using 32-bit Software)
Windows 10 64-bit
(Using 64-bit Software)
NI Automotive Diagnostic Command Set 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI Bluetooth Toolkit (Run-Time, Generation, Analysis) 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI Combustion Analysis System 2015 2015 Not supported
NI ECU Measurement and Calibration Toolkit 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI FM/RDS Measurement Suite 1.0 Not Supported Not supported
NI GNSS Simulation Toolkit 3.0 Not Supported Not supported
NI InsightCM SDK 2.0 2.0 Not supported
NI LabVIEW Advanced Signal Processing Toolkit 15.03 15.03 2018
NI LabVIEW Application Builder 2015 SP1 2015 SP1 2015 SP1
NI LabVIEW C Generator 20153 20153 Not applicable
NI LabVIEW Communications MIMO Application Framework Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module 20153 20153 2016
NI LabVIEW Database Connectivity Toolkit 20153 20153 Not applicable
NI LabVIEW DataFinder Toolkit 2016 2016 Not supported
NI LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control Module 20153 20153 Not applicable
NI LabVIEW Desktop Execution Trace Toolkit 20153 20153 2016
NI LabVIEW Digital Filter Design Toolkit 20153 20153 2018
NI LabVIEW Electrical Power Toolkit 2016 2016 Not applicable
NI LabVIEW Embedded for ARM Module Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI LabVIEW FPGA Module1 2017 2017 2018
NI LabVIEW FPGA Xilinx Vivado1 Not applicable 2018 2018
NI LabVIEW FPGA Xilinx ISE1 Not supported Not supported Not applicable
NI LabVIEW MathScript RT Module 20153 20153 2016
NI LabVIEW Module for LEGO MINDSTORM Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
NI LabVIEW Mobile Module Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
NI LabVIEW myRIO Toolkit 2015* 2015* Not applicable
NI LabVIEW OPC UA Toolkit 2017 2017 2018
NI LabVIEW PID and Fuzzy Logic Toolkit2 2015 SP1 2015 SP1 2015 SP1
NI LabVIEW Real-Time Module 2015 SP1 2015 SP1 Not applicable
NI LabVIEW Report Generation Toolkit for Microsoft Office 20153 20153 20153
NI LabVIEW Robotics Module 20153 20153 Not applicable
NI LabVIEW roboRIO Toolkit 20153 20153 Not applicable
NI LabVIEW Softmotion Module 20153 20153 Not applicable
NI LabVIEW Statechart Module 20153 20153 Not applicable
NI LabVIEW Touch Panel Module Not supported Not supported Not applicable
NI LabVIEW Unit Test Framework Toolkit 20153 20153 2016
NI LabVIEW VI Analyzer Toolkit 20153 20153 2016
NI LabVIEW Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) Module 20153 20153 Not applicable
NI LabWindows/CVI Execution Profiler Toolkit 1.0 1.0 1.0
NI LabWindows/CVI PID Control Toolkit 2.1 2.1 Not applicable
NI LabWindows/CVI Real-Time Module 2015 2015 Not applicable
NI LabWindows/CVI Signal Processing Toolkit 7.0.2 7.0.2 Not applicable
NI LabWindows/CVI SQL Toolkit 2.3 2.3 2.3
NI License Manager 3.7 3.7 3.7
NI Modulation Toolkit 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI Motion Assistant Not supported Not supported Not applicable
NI OPC Servers 2016 2016 Not supported
NI-RFmx 1.2 1.2 1.2
NI Software Calibration Management Toolkit for LabVIEW 2015 2015 Not supported
NI Sound and Vibration Measurement Suite 15.0 15.0 15.0 (excluding configuration of Express VIs)
NI Spectral Measurements Toolkit 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI SystemLink Server - Test Module Not applicable Not applicable 18.0
NI TDMS 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI TestStand ATML Toolkit 2013 2013 2013
NI Vision Development Module 2015 SP1 2015 SP1 2015 SP1
NI WLAN Toolkit 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-RFFastACP 1.0.0 1.0.0 1.0.0

1 The LabVIEW FPGA Module is partially supported on Windows 10. However, the Xilinx tools used for your NI FPGA device might not be. For details, refer to LabVIEW FPGA Module Compatibility with Windows 10.

2 NI LabVIEW PID and Fuzzy Logic Toolkit was included with base LabVIEW beginning with LabVIEW 2014.

3 This software version only supports Windows 10 when used with LabVIEW 2015 SP1.

 

Hardware Drivers

The following National Instruments Hardware Drivers are compatible with the listed versions of Windows 10 32-bit and Windows 10 64-bit.

 

National Instruments Software Windows 10 32-bit Windows 10 64-bit
(Using 32-bit Software)
Windows 10 64-bit
(Using 64-bit Software)
Instrument I/O Assistant 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-488.2 15.5 15.5 15.5
NI-568x 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-5690 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-845x 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-CAN 15.0 15.0 Not applicable
NI-DAQmx 15.1 15.1 15.1
NI-DAQmx Base 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-DCPower 15.2 15.2 15.2
NI-DCPower .NET API 17.1 17.1 17.1
NI-Digital Pattern Driver 16.01 16.0 16.0
NI-DMM 15.2 15.2 15.2
NI-DMM .NET API 15.2 15.2 15.2
NI-ELVISmx 16.0 16.0 Not supported
NI-Embedded CAN for sbRIO Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI-FBUS 15.0 15.0 Not applicable
NI-FGEN 16.0 16.0 16.0
FieldPoint 15.0 15.0 Not supported
NI-FlexRIO 15.1 15.1 15.1
NI-High Speed Serial 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-HSDIO 16.0 16.0 16.0
NI HWS 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-IMAQ 15.5 15.5 15.5
NI-IMAQ I/O 15.5 15.5 15.5
NI-IMAQdx 15.5 15.5 15.5
NI-Industrial Communications for IEC 60870-5 1.1 (with 1.1.1 patch) 1.1 (with 1.1.1 patch) Not applicable
NI-Industrial Communications for IEC 61850 15.0 15.0 Not applicable
NI-Industrial Communications for CANopen 15.0 15.0 Not applicable
NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 15.0 15.0 Not applicable
NI-Industrial Communications for DNP3 14.0 14.0 Not applicable
NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT (NI-ECAT) 16.0 16.0 Not applicable
NI-Industrial Communications for EtherNet/IP 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI IVI Compliance Package 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-Motion 15.0 15.0 Not applicable
NI-OSI 15.0 15.0 Not applicable
NI-P2P 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI PXI Platform Services 15.1 15.1 15.1
NI PXI-5660 15.0 Not supported Not supported
NI PXI-5644R/5645R/5646R Instrument Design Libraries (VST) 15.0.2 15.0.2 Not supported
NI PXI-5624R Digitizer Instrument Design Libraries Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI-PXImc 16.0 16.0 16.0
NI-RFSA 15.0.2 15.0.2 15.0.2
NI-RFSA .NET API 16.0 16.0 16.0
NI-RFSG 15.0.2 15.0.2 15.0.2
NI-RFSG .NET API 16.0 16.0 16.0
NI-RIO 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-Scope 16.0 16.0 16.0
NI-Scope .NET API 2.0 2.0 2.0
NI-Serial 17.0 17.0 17.0
NI-SLSC 1.0 1.0 1.0
NI-Switch 16.0 16.0 16.0
NI-Switch .NET API 17.0 17.0 17.0
NI-Sync 15.0.1 15.0.1 15.0.1
NI-TimeSync 15.0 15.0 Not supported
NI-USRP 14.5 14.5 14.5
NI-VISA 15.0.1 15.0.1 15.0.1
NI-VISA .NET API 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-VNA 16.0 16.0 16.0
NI-VXI 16.0 16.0 16.0
NI-WSN 15.0 15.0 Not supported
NI-XNET 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI System Configuration 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI CompactRIO Device Drivers 15.5 15.5 15.5
NI R Series Multifunction RIO Device Drivers 15.0 15.0 15.0

1 The NI-Digital Pattern Driver only supports deployment on 32-bit versions of Windows and does not support development on 32-bit Windows. 

 

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