TestStand Life Cycle Policy

Through the TestStand Life Cycle Policy, you can access guidelines for better understanding and use of your NI product investment. This policy should help you answer common questions, such as When should I upgrade? Which TestStand versions are supported? What support should I expect for TestStand versions? In addition, the TestStand Life Cycle Policy helps you plan migrations and maximize your resources.

TestStand Life Cycle Policy Phases

Version 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
TestStand 2010              
TestStand 2012              
TestStand 2013              
TestStand 2014              
TestStand 2016              
  •   Current Release Support
  •   Mainstream Support
  •   Extended Support

 

TestStand, LabVIEW, and LabWindow™/CVI Support Policy

TestStand Version Versions of LabVIEW Supported    Versions of LabWindows/CVI Supported
TestStand 4.0 2010, 2009, 8.6, 8.5, 8.2, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0 2010, 2009, 9.0, 8.5, 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0
TestStand 4.0.1 2011, 2010, 2009, 8.6, 8.5, 8.2, 8.0, 7.1 2010, 2009, 9.0, 8.5, 8.1, 8.0, 7.1
TestStand 4.1 2011, 2010, 2009, 8.6, 8.5, 8.2, 8.0, 7.1 2010, 2009, 9.0, 8.5, 8.1, 8.0, 7.1
TestStand 4.1.1 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 8.6, 8.5, 8.2, 8.0.12, 7.1 2012, 2010, 2009, 9.0, 8.5, 8.1, 8.0
TestStand 4.2 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 8.6, 8.5, 8.2, 7.1 2012, 2010, 2009, 9.0, 8.5, 8.1, 8.0
TestStand 4.2.1 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 8.6, 8.5, 8.2, 7.1 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 9.0, 8.5, 8.1, 8.0
TestStand 2010 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 8.6, 8.5 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 9.0, 8.5
TestStand 2012 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 2013. 2012, 2010, 2009, 9.0
TestStand 2013 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009
TestStand 2014 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 2013, 2012, 2010
TestStand 2016 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 2015, 2013, 2012

2 LabVIEW 8.0.1 has a shorter mainstream support phase and is not supported by releases after TestStand 4.1.1.

A version of TestStand supports any versions of LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI that are in Current Release Support and Mainstream Support when the version of TestStand is launched. Additionally, each version of TestStand also typically supports versions of LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI that are released while the version of TestStand is still in Current Release Support or Mainstream Support. If a maintenance release is available for a version of LabVIEW or LabWindows/CVI, TestStand will support only the maintenance release. Please reference each product’s maintenance policy for information on the policy for patching issues.

TestStand Life Cycle Policy

1 Available through long-term service contract

TestStand Life Cycle Dates

Version Current Release Support
(release date)
Mainstream Support
(end date)
Extended Support
(end date)
TestStand 4.0   May 2007 May 2011 Ongoing
TestStand 4.1 May 2008 May 2012 Ongoing
TestStand 4.2 May 2009 May 2013 Ongoing
TestStand 2010 November 2010 November 2014 Ongoing
TestStand 2012 August 2012 August 2016 Ongoing
TestStand 2013 August 2013 August 2017 Ongoing
TestStand 2014 August 2014 August 2018 Ongoing
TestStand 2016 August 2016 August 2020 Ongoing

 

TestStand OS Support Roadmap

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Version 4.1 4.1.1 4.2 4.2.1     2010       2012     2013     2014   2016
Windows  
Windows 2000    
Windows XP (32-bit)3,5    
Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit)4,5    
Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)4    
Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit)5      
Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)4    
Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit)4      
Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)    
Windows 8.1 (32- and 64-bit)4
   
Windows 10 (32- and 64-bit)4    
  •  Mainstream Support
  •  No Support

 

3 TestStand also supports Windows XP Pro for Embedded Systems, the version of Windows XP that Microsoft continues to support for use in embedded systems.

4 TestStand is a 32-bit application that is compatible with Windows Vista x64 and the other 64-bit OSs listed above through Windows on Windows (WoW) 64.

5 TestStand will drop support for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2003 as of July 1, 2016. Versions of TestStand that are shipped after July 1, 2016 will not install or run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2003. For detailed information on this change, please visit National Instruments Support Life Cycle for Windows XP/Vista/Server 2003.

Additional Information on Service and Support

Contact NI Global Services for more information and access to additional services designed to meet needs throughout the application life cycle—from planning and development to deployment and ongoing maintenance.


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