1. How To Install
The LabVIEW Run-Time Engine (RTE) can be installed in a couple ways. It can be installed through an installer created on another computer or downloaded from the National Instruments website. If it is installed through an installer created on another computer it may likely include more than the simple RTE. It can be installed silently or through the normal installation process. Whether it is installed normally from a custom installer or directly from the website, this is the basic process that you will go through, taken from the downloadable version with no drivers included.
2. Installation Steps
Step 1 - Initialization
At first the installer initializes. It is recommended that the user exit all programs before continuing the Setup. It also states that if virus scanning utilities are disabled the installation speed may be improved. The LabVIEW RTE has a License Agreement which must be accepted to install the program. The License Agreement is displayed in the fifth step. If the standard LabVIEW RTE is the only program being installed there is no activation required for the License Agreement.
When the initialization is complete you are able to proceed to the next step.
Step 2 - Destination Directory
You are then given the option to select the primary installation directory. It is recommended that you allow the installer to use the default directory: <root directory>\Program Files\National Instruments\
Step 3 - Features
Then you are allowed to select the features to install. By default all options are installed. If you desire to deselect a feature click on the icon to the left of the feature and choose from the options in the left-click menu. When a feature is selected the disk space required by that feature is displayed. If all features shown here are installed the total disk space required is around 375 MB.
If a computer already has National Instrument software the icons may appear differently indicating that they are already installed. If a custom installer has more software than the RTE more items may appear here.
Step 4 - Product Notifications
After the installer has contacted National Instruments any notifications will be displayed. If there are notifications please review them before continuing the installation. If there are no notifications the following window will be displayed:
Step 5 - License Agreement(s)
Next, the License Agreement is displayed for review. By default the I do not accept the License Agreement radio button is selected and the installation cannot proceed. This is so the user may review the agreement and choose to accept it once it is reviewed. If there are other License Agreements for a custom installation they will be accessible for review through tabs at the top of the Agreement section.
Upon acceptance the installation may proceed. The full license agreement is not displayed in this image.
Step 6 - Installation Summary
The final step before installation is the installation summary. The summary may be saved to a file if desired. If the summary is not accurate you may click the Back button to change the installation settings. If it is correct click the Next button to begin the installation.
Step 7 - Installation
If the installation includes only the features shown above with no previous National Instrument software there are 28 parts to the installation. The installation time will vary depending on the computer speed and number of applications running.
Once the installation is complete you may select the Finish button to close the application.
You must restart your computer to complete the installation. You will be prompted to Restart, Shut Down or Restart Later. If the installation included other drivers not shown in the walk-through you may need to install hardware. If this is the case shut down the computer and install the hardware before running the software.
3. Folder Structure
The installation shown here installs 1009 files and 195 folders at the path chosen in step 2. There are also a couple folders installed at <root directory>\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\National Instruments\. The size on disk can be determined from step 3.
Attached is an image of the folder structure after this installation to the default directory.