National Instruments Support Life Cycle for Windows XP/Vista/Server 2003

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As part of their life cycle policy, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. Mainstream support of Windows XP ended in April 2009; however, extended support is available through April 2014. This white paper outlines both desktop and PXI applications and the plan for National Instruments’ product life cycle management.


National Instruments software support for Windows XP/Vista/Server 2003 will continue through July 1, 2016. This applies to all software platforms, application software, and drivers except for LabWindows/CVI which will drop support for Windows XP/Vista/Server 2003 as of July 1, 2015. This means that all software packages released by National Instruments up to that date will be compatible with the above operating systems. Full technical support for these National Instruments software packages will follow the standard support life cycle of four years.


Platform Software


NI LabWindowsTM/CVI

NI Measurement Studio

NI TestStand


NI SignalExpress

NI VeriStand


Application software includes all modules and toolkits for the above listed software platforms as well as NI system software. Some examples of system software are NI Measurement & Automation Explorer, System Configuration API, and NI-VISA. Drivers include all NI device drivers and APIs.


Automated Test

Windows XP FES (for embedded systems) is currently shipped with PXI embedded controllers and will continue to be shipped with new PXI Windows XP embedded controllers through 2015. Note that while National Instruments will ship new units, Microsoft will no longer provide critical updates, support help, or other extended support past April 2014. For additional life cycle management concerns, contact National Instruments.


Related Resources

Microsoft Product Life Cycles

Windows Desktop OS Life Cycles

Windows Embedded Product Life Cycles

NI LabVIEW Life Cycle Policy

NI LabWindowsTM/CVI Life Cycle Policy

NI Measurement Studio Life Cycle Policy

NI TestStand Life Cycle Policy

NI DIAdem Life Cycle Policy

NI SignalExpress Life Cycle Policy

NI VeriStand Life Cycle Policy


The mark LabWindows is used under a license from Microsoft Corporation. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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