Accessing NI Software in Windows 10
Windows 10 reintroduces the Start menu, which changes how you access NI products. After installing NI software using NI Package Manager, you can find your applications listed under the alphabetized 'N' section of the All Apps menu. All secondary shortcuts are under the NI section of the menu.
Windows OS 32-bit and 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 NI Products on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows.
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 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 as this may affect NI hardware detection after upgrading to Windows 10.
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 repair on the affected device drivers.
Note: This was an issue originally discovered when upgrading from Windows 8.0 to 8.1 that also applies to Windows 10 upgrades.