Frequently Asked Questions about Windows 8

Publish Date: Dec 19, 2012 | 4 Ratings | 3.00 out of 5 | Print

Overview

This document answers frequently asked questions about National Instruments products and Windows 8.

Table of Contents

  1. How do I know if my National Instruments software will work on Windows 8?
  2. Can I upgrade to Windows 8 without re-installing my NI software?
  3. My Windows 8 system is having issues detecting or using my hardware. How can I fix this?
  4. Is Windows 8 supported for my PXI controller?
  5. Will LabVIEW Installers and executables created in previous versions of Windows still work in Windows 8?
  6. Can I write Windows Store apps using NI Software?

1. How do I know if my National Instruments software will work on Windows 8?

Many of the products on the LabVIEW 2012 Platform DVD, including LabVIEW 2012, and many of the products on the August 2012 NI Device Drivers DVD do support Windows 8. Support indicates that we have tested products and that any bugs will be addressed per our normal support process, which is documented in the Software Engineering Process for National Instruments Product Development.

National Instruments products released prior to the aforementioned versions are not officially supported on Windows 8. However, Microsoft has stated that most applications supported on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8 due to the underlying similarity of the two operating systems. Therefore, you may be able to install and use these products on Windows 8 without issues. Note that hardware device drivers that have not been updated and tested on Windows 8 are less likely to function.

Review the software compatibility table at ni.com/windows8 and download a version of your National Instruments product that has been tested with Windows 8.

 

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2. Can I upgrade to Windows 8 without re-installing my NI software?

An in-place upgrade is required if you want to move to Windows 8 without reinstalling your software and maintaining user settings and files.  An in-place upgrade is not supported by Microsoft for operating systems previous to Windows 7.  Additionally, National Instruments recommends that you uninstall all National Instruments software before you begin your upgrade and reinstall all software after you have installed Windows 8 on your computer.  If you choose to leave National Instruments software installed on your machine, some software may not function properly or may be archived so that your operating system is unaffected.

There are additional caveats to in-place upgrades, such as moving from a 32-bit operating system to a 64-bit operating system, which are documented in Windows 8 Upgrade Paths

National Instruments recommends that you perform a clean installation of Windows 8 and then install your National Instruments software.

 

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3. My Windows 8 system is having issues detecting or using my hardware. How can I fix this?

The new Fast Startup feature in Microsoft Windows 8, enabled by default, may cause problems with hardware detection and the use of some drivers. While this feature is enabled, any modifications you make to hardware on the PCI/PCIe/PXI/PXIe bus when the system is powered down may prevent your system from recognizing that hardware. There may also be problems loading new/updated device drivers.

You may be able to work around these problems by choosing to restart your system (Setting»Power»Restart).

National Instruments recommends you disable the Fast Startup feature so these problems will not appear. Refer to this Knowledge Base article 5ZUEMHS1 for details on how to disable Fast Startup.

 

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4. Is Windows 8 supported for my PXI controller?

Microsoft Windows 8 was released for general availability on October 26, 2012. National Instruments has tested Windows 8 32-bit on the PXIe-8135 and tested Windows 8 64-bit on the PXIe-8115. Both function as long as the Fast Startup feature is disabled as described in this Knowledge Base article.

In 2013, National Instruments will officially support Windows 8 as an OS option for our controllers. National Instruments recommends that you do not install Windows 8 until that time.

 

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5. Will LabVIEW Installers and executables created in previous versions of Windows still work in Windows 8?

A LabVIEW executable or installer built in a Windows 8 supported version of LabVIEW may be able to run successfully on Windows 8, but you should test your executable or installer to ensure compatibility. For previously built installers, ensure that any run-time engine or drivers being deployed are supported in Windows 8 and keep in mind that folder paths may have changed from previous versions of Windows.

 

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6. Can I write Windows Store apps using NI Software?

Windows Store apps cannot be created using National Instruments software. These apps are run in a "sandboxed" environment, which limits their access to low-level system calls such as the Win32 API. National Instruments products require direct access to these APIs and system calls to run properly. Therefore, applications created with National Instruments software cannot be run as Windows Store applications.

Visit ni.com/windows8 for more information about how Windows 8 affects your test and measurement systems.

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