National Instruments Product Compatibility for Microsoft Windows 10

Publish Date: Nov 15, 2017 | 20 Ratings | 3.75 out of 5 | Print

Overview

Microsoft Windows 10 is the latest version of the Windows operating system and features significant changes compared to previous versions. Windows 10 introduces several new capabilities and also combines features from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. Use the resources below to learn how Windows 10 impacts engineers and scientists, help determine whether you should adopt the new technology, and understand best practices for developing engineering and scientific applications on Windows 10.

Table of Contents

  1. Moving Existing Applications to Windows 10
  2. Accessing NI Software in Windows 10
  3. Known Compatibility Issues
  4. NI Product Compatibility for Microsoft Windows 10

1. Moving Existing Applications to Windows 10

In general, existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 applications should continue to function in Windows 10, but hardware drivers and development environments may need to be updated to the August 2015 release or newer.

 

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2. Accessing NI Software in Windows 10

Windows 10 reintroduces the Start menu, which changes how you access NI products. Top-level shortcuts, such as MAX, are listed under the alphabetized N section of the All Apps menu. All secondary shortcuts are under the National Instruments section of the menu.

As with Windows 8, NI software will not operate as a Windows Store app and any application created with NI software will not be able to operate as a Windows Store app. This is because the operating system limits necessary access to the Win32 API. For more information, read the article What Does Windows RT Mean for My LabVIEW Applications?

 

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3. Known Compatibility Issues

Silverlight Support 

Some NI components require Microsoft Silverlight to function properly. The default browser in Windows 10, Microsoft Edge, does not support Silverlight. Google Chrome also no longer supports Silverlight. Windows 10 includes Internet Explorer 11 for backward compatibility, which supports Silverlight. All Silverlight pages launched from MAX will use Internet Explorer, but Silverlight-based pages launched manually using a default browser that does not support Silverlight, such as Edge or Chrome, will fail to open. For more information about using Silverlight-based pages on Windows 10, refer to KnowledgeBase article 6WL9R75Y, Remote Front Panels, NI Network Browser, and the Web Interface (WIF) Do Not Work in Google Chrome Version 42 or Higher

Fast Startup Issues

NI strongly encourages its customers to disable fast startup. For more information, refer to KnowledgeBase article 5ZUEMHS1.

Repairing NI Software After Upgrading

Performing a repair on NI software after upgrading to Windows 10 can result in a loss of access to hardware associated with repaired drivers. To restore the NI device drivers to a working state, perform a second repair on the affected device drivers. This was an issue originally discovered when upgrading from Windows 8.0 to 8.1 that also applies to Windows 10 upgrades.

 

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4. NI Product Compatibility for Microsoft Windows 10

What is the difference between Windows 10 32-bit and Windows 10 64-bit?

Windows 10 32-bit can run on either x86 or x64 hardware. Similar to Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 10 32-bit provides access only to 32-bit addresses. As a result, even though Windows 10 32-bit will run on x64 hardware, it is limited to using 4 gigabytes of RAM. Windows 10 32-bit cannot run 64-bit versions of drivers or software designed to run natively on 64-bit operating systems.

Windows 10 64-bit can be installed only on x64 hardware. This version of the operating system allows software to use 64-bit addresses to access hardware and can therefore access much larger memory spaces.  In order to run successfully on Windows 10 64-bit, all drivers must have native 64-bit support. However, most 32-bit software applications can run within a Windows 10 64-bit emulation layer.

For more detailed information on the difference between Windows 32-bit and 64-bit, see Using National Instruments Products on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows.

 

Software

Because Windows 10 release date was very close to National Instruments August 2015 software release date, August 2015 releases were not documented with respect to Windows 10 support. Based on testing after Windows 10 release, the following National Instruments software packages are compatible with the listed versions of Windows 10 32-bit and Windows 10 64-bit. As of 2016, all new versions and service pack updates of National Instruments software document their compatibility with Windows 10 in their Readme files. If there is any question about the compatibility of a piece of software with the 64-bit versions of Windows and LabVIEW, please refer to the Readme for that release.

Note: In the table below, the column titled 'Windows 10 64-bit (Using 32-bit Software)' indicates the first version of 32-bit software that will run within the Windows on Windows (WOW64) emulation layer.

National Instruments Software Windows 10 32-bit Windows 10 64-bit
(Using 32-bit Software)
Windows 10 64-bit
(Using 64-bit Software)
NI Analog Video Generator Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI Analog Waveform Editor 1.2 1.2 Not supported
NI AudioMASTER Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI Calibration Executive 3.6 3.6 Not supported
NI DIAdem 2015 SP1 2015 SP1 2015 SP1
NI Digital Video Generator Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI Digital Waveform Editor 3.0 3.0 Not supported
NI I/O Trace 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW 32-bit 2015 SP1 2015 SP1 Not supported
NI LabVIEW 64-bit Not supported 2015 SP1 2015 SP1
LabVIEW Communications System Design Software Not supported Not supported 2.0
LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI SignalExpress Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI LabWindows/CVI 2015 2015 Not supported
NI LabWindows/CVI Run-Time Engine 2015 2015 2015
NI Lookout (Lookout FDS) 6.7.1 6.7.1 Not supported
NI MATRIXx 7.2.8 7.2.8 7.2.8
NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) 15.0 15.0 Not supported
NI Measurement Studio 2015 2015 2015
NI Multisim 14.0.1 14.0.1 Not supported
NI Picture Quality Analysis (PQA) Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI Real-Time Hypervisor Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI Requirements Gateway 2014 2014 Not supported
NI Switch Executive 2015 2015 2015
NI TestStand 2014 SP1 2014 SP1 2014 SP1
NI Ultiboard 14.0.1 14.0.1 Not supported
NI VeriStand 2015 2015 Not supported
NI Video Measurement Suite (VMS) Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI VirtualBench 15.1 15.1 15.1
NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection 2014 SP1 2014 SP1 2014 SP1
NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection 3.1 3.1 3.1
InsightCM Server Not supported Not supported Not supported
NI Software Platform Bundle NIWeek 2010 NIWeek 2010 NIWeek 2010
NI Developer Suite NIWeek 2010 NIWeek 2010 NIWeek 2010
NI LabVIEW Student Edition NIWeek 2010 NIWeek 2010 NIWeek 2010
NI Automated Test Software Suite NIWeek 2016 NIWeek 2016 NIWeek 2016
NI LabVIEW for LEGO® MINDSTORMS 2016 2016 Not supported


Add-ons and Toolkits

The following National Instruments Add-ons and Toolkits are compatible with the listed versions Windows 10 32-bit and Windows 10 64-bit: 

Note: In the table below, the column titled 'Windows 10 64-bit (Using 32-bit Software)' indicates the first version of 32-bit software that will run within the Windows on Windows (WOW64) emulation layer.

National Instruments Add-ons and Toolkits Windows 10 32-bit Windows 10 64-bit
(Using 32-bit Software)
Windows 10 64-bit
(Using 64-bit Software)
NI Automotive Diagnostic Command Set 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI Bluetooth Toolkit (Run-Time, Generation, Analysis) 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI Combustion Analysis System 2015 2015 Not Supported
NI ECU Measurement and Calibration Toolkit 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI FM/RDS Measurement Suite 1.0 Not Supported Not Supported
NI GNSS Simulation Toolkit 3.0 Not Supported Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Advanced Signal Processing Toolkit 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Application Builder 2015 2015 2015
NI LabVIEW Biomedical Toolkit 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW C Generator 13.0.0 13.0.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module 15.0 15.0 2016
NI LabVIEW Database Connectivity Toolkit 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW DataFinder Toolkit Not Tested 15.0.1 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control Module 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Desktop Execution Trace Toolkit 15.0 15.0 2016
NI LabVIEW Digital Filter Design Toolkit 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Electrical Power Toolkit 16.0 16.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Embedded for ARM Module Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
NI LabVIEW FPGA Module1 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW FPGA Xilinx Vivado1 Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
NI LabVIEW FPGA Xilinx ISE Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
NI LabVIEW MathScript RT Module 15.0 15.0 2016
NI LabVIEW Module for LEGO MINDSTORM 14.0.1 14.0.1 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Mobile Module Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Multicore Analysis and Sparse Matrix Toolkit 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW myRIO Toolkit 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW OPC UA Toolkit 17.0 17.0 Not supported
NI LabVIEW PID and Fuzzy Logic Toolkit 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Real-Time Module 15.1 15.1 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Report Generation Toolkit for Microsoft Office 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI LabVIEW Robotics Module 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW roboRIO Toolkit 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Softmotion Module 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Statechart Module 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Touch Panel Module 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI LabVIEW Unit Test Framework Toolkit 15.0 15.0 2016
NI LabVIEW VI Analyzer Toolkit 15.0 15.0 2016
NI LabVIEW Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) Module 13.0.0 13.0.0 Not Supported
NI LabWindows/CVI Execution Profiler Toolkit 1.0 1.0 1.0
NI LabWindows/CVI PID Control Toolkit 2.1 2.1 Not Supported
NI LabWindows/CVI Real-Time Module 2015 2015 Not Supported
NI LabWindows/CVI Signal Processing Toolkit 7.0.2 7.0.2 Not Supported
NI LabWindows/CVI SQL Toolkit 2.3 2.3 2.3
NI License Manager 3.7 3.7 3.7
NI Modulation Toolkit 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI Motion Assistant Not Yet Tested Not Yet Tested Not Yet Tested
NI OPC Servers 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI-RFmx Demod 1.2 1.2 1.2
NI-RFmx SpecAn 1.2 1.2 1.2
NI Software Calibration Management Toolkit for LabVIEW 2015 2015 Not Supported
NI Sound and Vibration Measurement Suite 15.0 15.0 15.0 (excluding configuration of Express VIs)
NI Spectral Measurements Toolkit 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI TDMS 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI TestStand ATML Toolkit 2013 2013 2013
NI Vision Development Module 2015 2015 2015
NI WLAN Toolkit 15.0 15.0 15.0
Third Party Licensing & Activation Toolkit Not Tested 2015 Not Tested
NI-RFFastACP 1.0.0 1.0.0 1.0.0
NI LabVIEW Report Generation Toolkit for Microsoft Office 2015 2015 2015

1 The LabVIEW FPGA Module is partially supported on Windows 10. However, the Xilinx tools used for your NI FPGA device might not be. For details, refer to LabVIEW FPGA Module Compatibility with Windows 10.

 

Hardware Drivers

The following National Instruments Hardware Drivers are compatible with the listed versions of Windows 10 32-bit and Windows 10 64-bit.

Note: In the table below, the column titled 'Windows 10 64-bit (Using 32-bit Software)' indicates the first version of 32-bit software that will run within the Windows on Windows (WOW64) emulation layer.

National Instruments Software Windows 10 32-bit Windows 10 64-bit
(Using 32-bit Software)
Windows 10 64-bit
(Using 64-bit Software)
Instrument I/O Assistant 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI 1588-2008 Network Management 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-488.2 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-568x 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-5690 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-845x 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-CAN 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-DAQmx 15.1 15.1 15.1
NI-DAQmx Base 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-DCPower 15.1 15.1 15.1
NI-DCPower .NET API 14.1 14.1 14.1
NI-Digital Pattern Driver 16.01 16.0 16.0
NI-DMM 15.1 15.1 15.1
NI-DMM .NET API 1.0.3 1.0.3 1.0.3
NI-ELVISmx 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI-Embedded CAN for sbRIO Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
NI-FBUS 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI-FGEN 15.0 15.0 15.0
FieldPoint 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI-FlexRIO 15.1 15.1 15.1
NI-High Speed Serial 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-HSDIO 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI HWS 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-IMAQ 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-IMAQ I/O 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-IMAQdx 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-Industrial Communications for IEC 60870-5 1.1 (with 1.1.1 patch) 1.1 (with 1.1.1 patch) Not Supported
NI-Industrial Communications for IEC 61850 Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
NI-Industrial Communications for CANopen 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI-Industrial Communications for DNP3 14.0 14.0 Not Supported
NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT (NI-ECAT) Not supported Not supported Not Supported
NI-Industrial Communications for EtherNet/IP 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI IVI Compliance Package 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-Motion 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI-OSI 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI-P2P 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-PAL 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI PXI Platform Services 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI PXI-5660 15.0 Not Supported Not Supported
NI PXI-5644R/5645R/5646R Instrument Design Libraries (VST) 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI PXI-5624R Digitizer Instrument Design Libraries 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI-PXImc 16.0 16.0 Not Supported
NI-RFSA 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-RFSA .NET API 14.5 14.5 14.5
NI-RFSG 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-RFSG .NET API 14.5 14.5 14.5
NI-RIO 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-Scope 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-Scope .NET API 2.0 2.0 2.0
NI-Serial 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-SLSC 1.0 1.0 1.0
NI-Switch 15.1 15.1 15.1
NI-Switch .NET API 1.1 1.1 1.1
NI-Sync 15.0.1 15.0.1 15.0.1
NI-TimeSync 15.0 15.0 Not supported
NI-USRP 14.5 14.5 14.5
NI-VirtualBench 1.2 1.2 1.2
NI-VISA 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-VISA .NET API 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-VNA 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI-VXI 16.0 16.0 16.0
NI-WSN 15.0 15.0 Not Supported
NI-XNET 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI System Configuration 15.0 15.0 15.0
NI CompactRIO Device Drivers February 2016 February 2016 February 2016
NI R Series Multifunction RIO Device Drivers 15.0 15.0 15.0

1. The NI-Digital Pattern Driver only supports deployment on 32-bit versions of Windows and does not support development on 32-bit Windows. 

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