Installing LabVIEW and NI-DAQmx

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Before You Begin

Before you begin using your DAQ software, you must install your application development environment first, and then your driver software. This document includes instructions for installing LabVIEW and NI-DAQmx driver software. If you do not have the original media that was shipped with your products, visit to find the latest version of LabVIEW evaluation software and NI-DAQmx.

If you are upgrading an existing system, NI recommends that you back up any applications, projects, or other related files before continuing.

Estimated install time: 1 hour

Installing LabVIEW

You must first install LabVIEW before installing the required driver software. To do this, insert the LabVIEW Platform DVD and follow the onscreen instructions. If you do not have the original media that was shipped with your purchase of LabVIEW, you can download the latest version of LabVIEW online.

If you have questions about installing LabVIEW, consult the LabVIEW Installation Guide or the LabVIEW Installation Troubleshooting Guide.

Installing NI-DAQmx

After installing LabVIEW and any applicable modules or toolkits, you can install NI-DAQmx driver software. You must install NI-DAQmx driver software before installing any new NI hardware devices so Windows can detect them. You have three options for installation:

  1. NI Device Drivers DVD: If you selected to install device drivers from the LabVIEW Platform DVD, you will be prompted to insert the NI Device Drivers DVD before continuing.
  2. NI-DAQmx DVD: All NI DAQ devices include a DVD with the drivers you need to use the device.
  3. Online Download: You can always find the latest NI-DAQmx driver software on the Drivers and Updates page.

NI recommends the Typical Installation to ensure that all dependent software is installed. If prompted to choose the installation directory for your NI software, this should be the same root directory where you installed LabVIEW.

Register Your Products

After rebooting your computer or adding new hardware to your system, you may see the NI Product Registration Wizard appear. Please take a moment to register your NI products to receive:

  • Important product and driver updates
  • Calibration reminders to keep your hardware in compliance
  • Notifications about warranty expiration
  • Simplified asset management for all your products on
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