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NI LabVIEW 8.5.1 Upgrade for SSP Customers – Compatibility, Bug Fix, and Upgrade Information

An Exclusive Release for SSP Customers

LabVIEW 8.5.1 software represents more than 3,000 hours of engineering time and addresses more than 200 bugs in LabVIEW 8.5. The LabVIEW community reported many issues, which helped NI prioritize efforts. As a release available only to Standard Service Program (SSP) members, LabVIEW 8.5.1 requires activation. This document contains information on the following:

This scheduled maintenance upgrade is available only to members of the NI Standard Service and Volume License programs. Learn more about the benefits of membership.

Note: NI currently plans for LabVIEW 8.5.1 to be the last release to support PowerPC-based Mac OS X computers.

Compatible LabVIEW Software Versions

NI SoftwareUpdates or Changes?
LabVIEW Modules
LabVIEW Application Builder 8.5.1Yes
LabVIEW 8.5.1 Real-Time Module Yes
LabVIEW 8.5.1 FPGA Module Yes
LabVIEW 8.5.1 Datalogging and Supervisory Control Module Yes
LabVIEW 8.5.1 PDA Module Yes
LabVIEW 8.5.1 Touch Panel Module Yes
LabVIEW 8.5 Control Design and Simulation Module No
LabVIEW 8.5.1 Microprocessor SDK Yes
NI LabVIEW Embedded Module for ADI Blackfin Processors 2.5.1Yes
LabVIEW 8.5 DSP Module No
Vision Development Module for LabVIEW 8.5No
LabVIEW Statechart Module 1.0.1Yes
NI SoftMotion Development Module 2.1No
LabVIEW Toolkits

There are no updates or changes to LabVIEW toolkits.

Application Software
LabVIEW SignalExpress 2.5No
NI TestStand 4.0.1Yes
NI Requirements Gateway 1.0No

Note: LabVIEW add-ons not updated for LabVIEW 8.5.1 may require a mass compile of their directories to update VIs to the newest version of LabVIEW.


Compatible Driver Versions

  • NI-488.2 2.5.2
  • NI-845x 1.1.1
  • NI-CAN 2.5.2
  • NI-DAQmx 8.7
  • NI-DAQmx Base 3.1.0
  • Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) 7.4.41
  • NI-DCPower 1.2.1
  • NI-DMM 2.7.2
  • NI-DNET 1.6.1
  • NI-FGEN 2.5.1
  • NI-FieldPoint 6.0.1
  • NI-HSDIO 1.5.3
  • NI-ICP 3.2.0
  • NI-IMAQ 3.8
  • NI-Motion 7.6
  • NI-RIO 2.4.01
  • NI-RFSA 2.0.6
  • NI-RFSG 1.3.1
  • NI-SCOPE 3.4
  • NI-Serial 3.3
  • NI-SWITCH 3.7
  • NI-VISA 4.3

1 Does not support 64-bit operating systems.

Visit the download page for the latest versions of all National Instruments hardware drivers.


LabVIEW 8.5.1 Activation

As an exclusive update for NI SSP customers, LabVIEW 8.5.1 requires activation (Windows only). Only customers with active SSP membership at the time of release (March 3, 2008) will be able to activate LabVIEW 8.5.1 and the latest versions of the modules.

WARNING: If you do install LabVIEW 8.5.1 without an SSP membership, the new version will not work and you will need to reinstall LabVIEW 8.5.

Activation FAQs

Q: Where do I find my serial number for activation?

A: You can find your serial number on the Certificate of Ownership included in your software kit. If your software kit does not include a Certificate of Ownership, you can find your serial number on the product packing slip or on the shipping label.

If you have installed a previous version using your serial number, you can find the serial number by selecting the Help»About menu item within the application or by selecting your product within NI License Manager (Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI License Manager). You can also contact National Instruments. Refer to for branch office contact information.

Q: How can I find out if I have SSP?

A: Contact National Instruments if you have any questions involving your SSP membership. Refer to for branch office contact information.

Q: Why has National Instruments implemented licensing and activation?

A: NI has added product activation to some of its software products to achieve better software delivery and efficiency. It is now easier to deliver evaluation software, add-on features, online software downloads, and license management for large organizations.

Additional Activation Resources


List of Bug Fixes

Refer to the LabVIEW 8.5.1 Bug Fixes page for a list of issues addressed in this version.


Download LabVIEW 8.5.1

LabVIEW 8.5.1 is available for download to NI SSP customers. Please select one of the following links based on your location.

If you are a customer in United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Western Europe, and Japan:

Click here to download.

If you are a customer in any other country:

Click here to download.


SSP Shipment Questions

Please contact National Instruments with any questions concerning your LabVIEW 8.5.1 shipment. Refer to for branch office contact information.