This file contains important information about NI Circuit Design Suite 14.2 for Windows, including installation instructions and known issues.
Refer to Getting Started with NI Circuit Design Suite for useful information about getting started with Circuit Design Suite. You can access this PDF from Start»All Programs»National Instruments»Circuit Design Suite 14.2»documentation»Getting Started with NI Circuit Design Suite. You can also access the PDF from the Multisim or Ultiboard Help menu.
Circuit Design Suite 14.2 has the following requirements:
Refer to the LabVIEW Readme for additional system requirements and supported operating systems for LabVIEW.
The LabVIEW Multisim Co-Simulation Plug-in has the following requirements:
To install the LabVIEW Multisim API Toolkit, you must already have LabVIEW 2017, 2018, or 2019 Full or Professional Development System (32-bit) installed.
Circuit Design Suite 14.2 supports the following operating systems:
1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 require Microsoft updates to support these items. Refer to Microsoft KB2919442 and KB2919355 for more information about how to install these updates.
2 NI software is signed with a SHA-256 certificate. Windows 7 SP1, Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 require Microsoft updates to support SHA-256. Refer to Microsoft KB3033929 for more information about how to install this security update.
NI automates software installation using NI Package Manager. Visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code NIPMDownload to download NI Package Manager. Refer to the NI Package Manager Manual for more information about installing, removing, and upgrading NI software using NI Package Manager.
To install Circuit Design Suite using the installer from ni.com/download/multisim, double-click the setup.exe file in the root directory of the installer and follow the instructions on the screen to install this product.
With the purchase of the Circuit Design Suite, you have access to Multisim Live Premium, our web-based component of Multisim, at no additional cost. Visit multisim.com/premium to activate Multisim Live Premium.
Note If you purchased this product with an NI Software Suite or NI Product Bundle, use the installer that shipped with your purchase to install this product.
Circuit Design Suite 14.2 installs side-by-side with Circuit Design Suite 13.x and prior.
NI recommends that you regularly back up the files created within the Multisim and Ultiboard components of Circuit Design Suite. Additionally, you should back up internal files that store user-created data, such as databases. For more information about which files to backup and where to find them, refer to the Multisim Help or Ultiboard Help.
Uninstalling Circuit Design Suite will not remove user data. For more information about the locations of user database and configuration files, refer to the Archiving Data Help topic.
LabVIEW functionality (LabVIEW instruments and grapher interpolation) will not work if the installation path uses characters that are not native to the "Language for non-Unicode programs" setting, available by selecting Start»Control Panel»Regional and Language Options and selecting the Advanced tab. LabVIEW functionality works for Unicode characters that are native to this setting.
Multisim Help and Ultiboard Help display in very small windows on high resolution monitors (e.g., 3200 x 1800). To enlarge the windows, click in a help topic, hold down <Ctrl> and spin the mouse wheel. For notebook computers with precision touchpads, hold down <Ctrl> and use pinch-in and pinch-out gestures to zoom to the desired level.
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.
If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.6.2, 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 4.6.2 separately before you install NI software.
For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:
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 ni.com/windows10.
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 ni.com/windows8.
Circuit Design Suite will drop support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and all 32-bit Windows operating systems starting in 2021. Versions of this product that ship after May 1, 2021, will not install or run on these operating systems. For detailed information about NI operating system support, visit ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.
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