NI System Driver Set November 2018


November 2018 Release

System Driver Set Contents

  • Data Acquisition
    • NI-DAQmx 18.1
  • Instrument Control
    • NI-488.2 17.6
    • NI-VISA 18.0
    • NI-Serial 17.5
    • IVI Compliance Package 18.0
    • NI-PXImc 16.0
    • PXI Platform Services 18.1.0
    • NI-VXI 16.0
  • Modular Instruments
    • NI-Switch 18.0
    • NI-DMM 18.1
    • NI-Scope 18.6
    • NI-RFSA 18.1
    • NI-PXI-5660 Support
    • NI-FGEN 18.1
    • NI-DCPower 18.1.1
    • NI-RFSG 18.1
    • NI-HSDIO 18.0
    • NI-5690 18.0
    • NI-VNA 18.0
    • NI-Digital Pattern Driver 18.0
  • Timing & Synchronization
    • NI-Sync 18.0
    • NI-TimeSync 18.1
    • NI 1588-2008 Network Management 18.1
  • Reconfigurable IO
    • CompactRIO 18.1
    • R Series 18.0
    • NI-FlexRIO 18.1
    • NI-FlexRIO Adapter Module Support 18.1
  • Motion
    • NI-Motion 18.0
  • Vision Acquisition Software
    • NI-IMAQ 18.0
    • NI-IMAQdx 18.0
  • Real-Time and Embedded
    • NI-488.2 17.6
    • NI-Serial 17.5
    • NI-Watchdog 18.0
  • Communication Buses and Protocols
    • NI-XNET 18.0
    • NI-CAN 18.0
    • NI-Industrial Communications for CANopen 18.0
    • NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet 18.0
    • NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT 18.0
  • Configuration and Utilities
    • NI I/O Trace 18.0
    • NI Measurement & Automation Explorer 18.0
    • NI System Configuration 18.1

System Requirements

This installation requires one of the following Microsoft operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
  • Windows 7 SP1 x86
  • Windows 7 SP1 x64
  • Windows 8 x86
  • Windows 8 x64
  • Windows 8.1 x86
  • Windows 8.1 x64
  • Windows 10 x86
  • Windows 10 x64

This installation requires that version 3.1 of the MSI (Windows Installer) Engine is installed on your computer. If you do not have MSI 3.1 or later, the installer updates the engine automatically and might require you to restart your computer.

Additional Requirements for Specific Features

Certain features in this installation have additional requirements.

FeatureAdditional System RequirementsNI Software Requirements
Visual C++ 2008 support for Visual Studio 2008 (Legacy):
  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI-488.2
NoneMeasurement Studio Visual C++ support for Visual Studio 2008
.NET Framework 4.5.1 support for:
  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI-488.2
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1 
.NET Framework 4.5 support for:
  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI-488.2
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 
.NET Framework 4.0 support for:
  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI-488.2
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 or .NET Framework 4.5 
.NET Framework 3.5 support for:
  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI-488.2
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 
LabWindows™/CVI™ Support for:
NoneLabWindows/CVI 8.5 or later
LabWindows™/CVI™ Support for:
  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI-CAN
NoneLabWindows/CVI 7.0 or later

Measurement Studio 2009 is the last version of Measurement Studio to provide support for Visual C++ MFC. If you want to continue building or developing applications using Visual C++ MFC, order the Measurement Studio 2009 product. For additional information, refer to

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Automating the Installation of NI Products

You can automate the installation of most NI products using command-line arguments to suppress some or all of the installer user interface and dialog boxes. However, starting with the August 2012 releases (products using NI Installers version 3.1 or later), you may need to perform additional steps before or during a silent installation of NI software.

If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.0, the .NET installer may run before any NI software installs and may require a reboot before the installation of NI software begins. To avoid a .NET reboot, install .NET 4.0 separately before you install NI software.

For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

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. For more information about NI support for Windows 10, visit

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Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

When you install NI software on Microsoft Windows 8.1, you will notice a few additional tiles in the Apps view, including shortcuts to NI application software products such as NI LabVIEW, Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX), and NI Launcher. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit

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