Archived: NI Product Compatibility for Microsoft Windows 8

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The following document outlines NI's minimum software version support for Windows 8. The included tables list available software, drivers, add-ons, and toolkits and the minimum version required to operate each on Windows 8.


What is the difference between Windows 8 32-bit and Windows 8 64-bit?

Windows 8 32-bit can run on either x86 or x64 hardware. Similar to Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 8 32-bit provides access only to 32-bit addresses. As a result, even though Windows 8 32-bit will run on x64 hardware, it is limited to using 4 gigabytes of RAM. Windows 8 32-bit cannot run 64-bit versions of drivers or software designed to run natively on 64-bit operating systems.

Windows 8 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 8 64-bit, all drivers must have native 64-bit support. However, most 32-bit software applications can run within a Windows 8 64-bit emulation layer.

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

Known Compatibility Issues

Fast Startup Issues

NI strongly encourages its customers to disable fast startup.

Repairing NI Software After Upgrading

Performing a repair on NI software after upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1 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.


The following NI Software Packages are compatible with the listed versions of Windows 8 32-bit and Windows 8 64-bit. As of 2013, all new versions of NI software will document their compatibility with Windows 8 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 8 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.

NI Software Compatibility with Windows 8 32-bit and 64-bit
NISoftwareWindows 8 32-bitWindows 8 64-bitWindows 8 64-bit
(Using 32-bit Software)(Using 64-bit Software)
GPIB-Serial Converter Software19.0Not applicable19.0
InsightCM ServerNot supportedNot supportedNot supported
NI Analog Video Generator3.13.1Not supported
NI Analog Waveform Editor1. supported
NI AudioMASTERNot supportedNot supportedNot supported
NI Automated Test Software SuiteNIWeek 2016NIWeek 2016NIWeek 2016
NI Batch Installer Builder1.01.0Not supported
NI Calibration Executive3.5 -
NI Calibration Executive for Traditional DAQNot supportedNot supportedNot supported
NI Developer SuiteNIWeek 2010NIWeek 2010NIWeek 2010
NI DIAdem2012 SP12012 SP12015
NI Digital Video GeneratorNot supportedNot supportedNot supported
NI Digital Waveform Editor3.03.0Not supported
NI FlexLoggerNot applicableNot applicable2018 R2
NI Functional Safety EditorNot supportedNot supportedSep-17
NI I/O Trace13.
NI InstrumentStudioNot applicableNot applicable2018
NI LabVIEW 32-bit20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW 64-bitNot supported20122012
NI LabVIEW Communications System Design SoftwareNot supportedNot supported1.0
NI LabVIEW Communications System Design SuiteNot supportedNot supported1.0
NI LabVIEW Education Edition20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW for LEGO® MINDSTORMS20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW NXGNot supportedNot supported1.0
NI LabVIEW Run-Time Engine 32-bit2009 SP12009 SP1Not supported
NI LabVIEW Run-Time Engine 64-bitNot supported2009 SP12009 SP1
NI LabVIEW SignalExpress20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW Student EditionNIWeek 2010NIWeek 2010NIWeek 2010
NI LabWindows/CVI201220122012
NI LabWindows/CVI Run-Time Engine201220122012
NI Lookout6.76.7Not supported
NI MATRIXxNot supportedNot supportedNot supported
NI Measurement and Automation Explorer5. supported
NI Measurement Studio201220122012
NI Multisim13.013.0Not supported
NI Package Builder19.019.019.0
NI Package Manager19.019.017.0
NI Picture Quality Analysis (PQA)1.61.6Not supported
NI Real-Time HypervisorNot supportedNot supportedNot supported
NI Requirements Gateway20122012Not supported
NI Software for FRC201320132013
NI Software Platform BundleNIWeek 2010NIWeek 2010NIWeek 2010
NI Switch Executive3.63.62015
NI SystemLink ClientNot applicableNot applicable17.0
NI SystemLink ServerNot applicableNot applicable17.0
NI Test Integration Adapter for IBM Rational Quality Manager2.02.0Not supported
NI TestStand201220122014
NI Ultiboard13.013.0Not supported
NI Update Service15.015.017.0
NI VeriStand2011 SP1 - 2018 SP12011 SP1 - 2018 SP12019
NI Video Measurement Suite (VMS)Not supportedNot supportedNot supported
NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection201220122014 SP1
NI Volume License Manager3.03.0Not supported

NI Spy was renamed to NI I/O Trace starting with version 3.0

Add-ons and Toolkits

The following NI Add-ons and Toolkits are compatible with the listed versions Windows 8 32-bit and Windows 8 64-bit:

Note: In the table below, the column titled 'Windows 8 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.

Add-ons and Toolkits Compatibility with Windows 8 32-bit and 64-bit
NI Add-ons and ToolkitsWindows 8 32-bitWindows 8 64-bitWindows 8 64-bit
(Using 32-bit Software)(Using 64-bit Software)
FlexLogger Plugin Development KitNot applicableNot applicable1.0
NI Automotive Diagnostic Command Set1.
NI Bluetooth Toolkit1.11.114.0
NI Combustion Analysis System Software20132013Not supported
NI ECU Measurement and Calibration Toolkit2.
NI FM/RDS Measurement Suite1.01.0Not supported
NI GNSS Measurement Suite3.03.0Not supported
NI GPS Simulation Toolkit2. supported
NI GSM-EDGE Toolkit1.11.1Not supported
NI InsightCM SDK2.02.0Not supported
NI LabVIEW Adaptive Filter Toolkit20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW Advanced Signal Processing Toolkit201220122018
NI LabVIEW Analytics and Machine Learning Toolkit201720172018
NI LabVIEW Application Builder201220122012
NI LabVIEW Biomedical Toolkit20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW C Generator Toolkit20112011Not supported
NI LabVIEW Communications MIMO Application FrameworkNot supportedNot supported1.0
NI LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module201220122016
NI LabVIEW Database Connectivity Toolkit201220122019
NILabVIEW DataFinder Toolkit20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control Module20132013Not supported
NI LabVIEW Desktop Execution Trace Toolkit201220122016
NI LabVIEW Digital Filter Design Toolkit201220122018
NI LabVIEW Electrical Power Toolkit20112011Not supported
NI LabVIEW Embedded for ARM Module20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW for Wireless Sensor Networks Module20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW FPGA Module15.0115.01Not supported
NI LabVIEW FPGA Xilinx ISENot supported1Not supported1Not supported
NI LabVIEW FPGA Xilinx VivadoNot supported1Not supported1Not supported
NI LabVIEW GPS Modulation Toolkit2. supported
NI LabVIEW Internet ToolkitNot tested2Not tested2Not supported
NI LabVIEW Jitter Analysis Toolkit20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT Module20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW MathScript RT Module201220122016
NI LabVIEW Mobile Module2011 SP12011 SP1Not supported
NI LabVIEW Modulation Toolkit4.
NI LabVIEW Multicore Analysis and Sparse Matrix Toolkit201220122012
NI LabVIEW myRIO Toolkit20132013Not supported
NI LabVIEW OPC UA Toolkit201720172018
NI LabVIEW PID and Fuzzy Logic Toolkit20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW Real-Time Execution Trace Toolkit2. supported
NI LabVIEW Real-Time Module2012 SP12012 SP1Not supported
NI LabVIEW Report Generation for Microsoft Office Toolkit2013201320143
NI LabVIEW roboRIO Toolkit20152015Not Supported
NI LabVIEW Robotics Module20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW Simulation Interface Toolkit20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW Softmotion Module20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW Statechart Module20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW System Identification Toolkit20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW Touch Panel Module20122012Not supported
NI LabVIEW Unit Test Framework201220122016
NI LabVIEW VI Analyzer Toolkit201220122016
NI LabWindows/CVI Execution Profiler1.01.01.0
NI LabWindows/CVI Modulation Toolkit4.14.1Not supported
NI LabWindows/CVI PID Control Toolkit2.12.12.1
NI LabWindows/CVI Real-Time Module20122012Not supported
NI LabWindows/CVI Signal Processing Toolkit7. supported
NI LabWindows/CVI Spectral Measurements Toolkit2.
NI LabWindows/CVI SQL Toolkit2.22.22.2
NI License Manager3.73.73.7
NI LTE Measurement Suite2. supported
NI Measurement Suite for Fixed WiMAX1.01.0Not supported
NI Measurement Suite for Mobile WiMAX1. supported
NI Motion Assistant2.82.8Not supported
NI OPC Servers20132013Not supported
NI Picture Quality Analysis1.51.5Not supported
NI-RFPMNot supportedNot supportedNot supported
NI RM-RDS Toolkit1. supported
NI Software Calibration Management Toolkit20132013Not supported
NI Sound and Vibration Measurement Suite201220122012 (excluding configuration of Express VIs)
NI Spectral Measurements Toolkit2.
NI SystemLink Server - Test ModuleNot applicableNot applicable18.0
NI TestStand ATML Toolkit201320132017
NI TestStand Semiconductor Module201220122014
NI Vision Development Module201220122012
NI Vision Development Module Run-Time201220122012
NI-VRTSNot applicable1.51.5
NI WCDMA/HSPA Measurement Suite1. supported
NI Wireless Test Module1. supported
NI WLAN Toolkit3.03.014.0
RFIC Test SoftwareNot supported3.03.0
Semiconductor Device Control Add-On for InstrumentStudioNot applicableNot applicable2019
Third Party Licensing & Activation Toolkit201220122012
VCSEL I-V Test SoftwareNot supportedNot supportedNot supported


1 The LabVIEW FPGA Module is partially supported on Windows 8. Any features requiring local installation of the Xilinx tools are not supported. This is due to the Xilinx tools used by the LabVIEW FPGA Module not officially supporting Windows 8.

2 LabVIEW Internet Toolkit was deprecated in August 2012 and all functionality was rolled into LabVIEW.

3 LabVIEW Report Generation Toolkit for Microsoft Office is not supported on Windows 8, but is supported on Windows 8.1.

Hardware Drivers

The following NI Hardware Drivers are compatible with the listed versions of Windows 8 32-bit and Windows 8 64-bit.

Note: In the table below, the column titled 'Windows 8 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.

NI Hardware Driver Compatibility with Windows 8 32-bit and 64-bit
NI DriversWindows 8 32-bitWindows 8 64-bitWindows 8 64-bit
(Using 32-bit Software)(Using 64-bit Software)
NI-435XNot supportedNot supportedNot supported
NI-5640R1.71.7Not supported
NI-56901.11.1Not supported
NI-CAN2. supported
NI CompactRIO Device DriversAugust 2015August 2015August 2015
NI-DAQmx Base3.43.4Not supported
NI-Digital Pattern DriverNot supportedNot supportedNot supported
NI-DNETNot supportedNot supportedNot supported
NI ELVISmx4.44.4Not supported
NI-Embedded CAN for sbRIONot supportedNot supportedNot supported
NI-FBUS4. supported
NI-Fieldpoint6. supported
NI FlexRIO12.012.012.0
NI-Industrial Communications for 60870-51.11.1Not supported
NI-Industrial Communications for 618502.02.0Not supported
NI-Industrial Communications for CANopen1. supported
NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet2.22.2Not supported
NI-Industrial Communications for DNP32.02.0Not supported
NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT16.016.0Not supported
NI-Industrial Communications for EtherNet/IP1.
NI Industrial Controller Device Drivers15.515.515.5
NI IVI Compliance Package4.64.64.6
NI-Motion8.48.4Not supported
NI-OSI12.1Not supported
NI PXI Platform Services3.23.23.2
NI PXI-56601.7.2Not supportedNot supported
NI PXIe-5644R/5645R/5646R Instrument Design Libraries1.11.1Not supported
NI-PXIe-659x Instrument Design Libraries14.014.014.0
NI-RFmx Demod1.01.01.0
NI-RFmx SpecAn1.01.01.0
NI R Series Multifunction RIO Device DriversAugust 2014August 2014August 2014
NI Sync3.
NI System Configuration5.
NI-TimeSync1. supported
NI Vision Acquisition SoftwareAugust 2012August 2012August 2012
NI-VXINot supportedNot supportedNot supported
NI-WSN1.51.5Not Supported

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