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NI-SCOPE 16.0 Readme

June 2016

Thank you for using NI-SCOPE. This file contains important information about the NI-SCOPE driver, including installation instructions, new features, a partial list of bugs fixed for NI-SCOPE 15.1.1, and known issues.

New Features

Supported Hardware

System Requirements

Installed Software, Documentation, and Examples



Accessing VIs and Functions

NI Software Support for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003

Product Security and Critical Updates

Driver Version Naming Changes

Uninstalling/Modifying NI-SCOPE

Programming in NI-SCOPE

Known Issues

Bug Fixes

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

Legal Information

New Features

NI-SCOPE 16.0 adds support for LabVIEW 2016 (32- and 64-bit).

NI-SCOPE 15.1.1 adds bug fixes for incompatability with NI-RFSA and NI-RFMx.

NI-SCOPE 15.1 includes the following new features:

  • Support for the NI PXIe-5170R and the NI PXIe-5171R reconfigurable oscilloscopes
  • Support for FPGA extensions

NI-SCOPE 15.0 adds support for LabVIEW 2015.

NI-SCOPE 14.1 includes the following new features:

  • Support for the NI PXIe-5105 and the NI PXIe-5114
  • Debugging for the NI-SCOPE Soft Front Panel

NI-SCOPE 14.0 adds support for LabVIEW 2014.

NI-SCOPE 4.1.3 adds a bug fix for VIs in LabVIEW 2013.

NI-SCOPE 4.1.1 adds a critical bug fix for an issue affecting NI PXIe-5185/5186 digitizers.

NI-SCOPE 4.1 includes the following new features:

  • Support for the NI PXIe-5160, a 2.5 GS/s high-speed digitizer
  • NI-P2P support for the NI PXIe-5160 and the NI PXIe-5162

NI-SCOPE 4.0.5 adds support for LabVIEW 2013.

NI-SCOPE 4.0 adds support for the NI PXIe-5162, a 5 GS/s high-speed digitizer.

Supported Hardware

The following table shows which hardware products are supported under particular operating systems.

Hardware Product Supported Under Windows 10 (32-bit)/8.1 (32-bit)/7 (32-bit)1 Supported Under Windows 10 (64-bit)/8.1 (64-bit)/7 (64-bit)
NI USB-5132/5133
NI PXIe-5160/5162
NI PXIe-5185/5186
NI PXIe-5170R/5171R
NI PXI-5620
NI PXI-5621
NI PXIe-5622
NI PXI-5900
NI PCI-59112
1MXI Express and MXI-4 are supported on Windows 10/8.1/7.
2NI PCMCIA/USB/AT-5102 and NI PCI-5911 are Legacy products.

Device-specific information about these modules is included in the NI High-Speed Digitizers Help.

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

NI-SCOPE 16.0 and later support the following operating systems:

  • Windows 101/8.1/7 SP12 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 R21 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP12 (64-bit)

1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.1. 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 recommends that you have the most recent service pack for your operating system installed. Windows 2000 users must use NI-SCOPE 3.6 or earlier.

Supported Real-Time Operating Environments

NI-SCOPE 16.0 and later support the following real-time operating environments:

Minimum Requirements

  • Processor—1 GHZ or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • RAM—1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • A screen resolution of 1,024 x 768
  • Windows 10/8.1/7, with all available critical updates and service packs

Application Development Environments (ADEs)

Note  You should install ADEs, such as NI LabVIEW, NI LabWindows/CVI or Microsoft Visual Studio®, before installing NI-SCOPE. To add support for ADEs installed after installing NI-SCOPE, modify your NI-SCOPE installation or launch the NI-SCOPE installer again.

  • NI LabVIEW 2013 SP1, 2014 SP1, 2015 SP1, or 2016
  • LabVIEW Real-Time Module 2013 SP1, 2014 SP1, 2015 SP1, or 2016

    Note: Not all devices are supported by the LabVIEW Real-Time Module.

    LabVIEW Real-Time Module
    Supported Hardware
    NI 5105
    NI 5114
    NI 5122
    NI 5124
    NI 5142
    NI 5152
    NI 5153
    NI 5154
    NI 5160
    NI 5162
    NI 5185
    NI 5186
    NI 5622
    NI 5900
    NI 5922
  • LabWindows/CVI 2013 or later
  • LabWindows/CVI Real-Time Module 2013 or later
  • Microsoft Visual C++ (MSVC) 6.0 or later
  • If you are running your application on an RT target, 128 MB of memory or more is required.

Installed Software, Documentation, and Examples

Installed Software

  • <NIDocDir> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location: Users\Public\Public Documents\National Instruments
  • <IVIROOTDIR32> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location:
    • (32-bit) Program Files\IVI Foundation\IVI\
    • (64-bit) Program Files (x86)\IVI Foundation\IVI\
      Note $(IVIROOTDIR32) is configured as an environment variable on the target system.
      If you upgraded an installation of IVI, your files may be located in the following location:
      • (32-bit) Program Files\IVI\
      • (64-bit) Program Files (x86)\IVI\
  • <IVIROOTDIR64> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location:
    • (64-bit): Program Files\IVI Foundation\IVI\

      Note  $(IVIROOTDIR64) is configured as an environment variable on the target system.

File Locations

Item Installed Location
NI-SCOPE Function Panel<IVIROOTDIR32>\Drivers\niScope\niScope.fp
NI-SCOPE Examples<NIDocDir>\niScope\Examples
NI-SCOPE Header files<IVIROOTDIR32>\Include
NI-SCOPE Import Library files (32-bit)<IVIROOTDIR32>\Lib
NI-SCOPE Import Library files (64-bit)<IVIROOTDIR32>\Lib_x64
NI-SCOPE Firmware Updaters Program Files\NI-DAQ\fpgafiles

Additional File Locations for 64-bit Operating Systems

Item Installed Location
NI-SCOPE Function Panel<IVIROOTDIR64>\Drivers\niScope\niScope.fp
NI-SCOPE Header files<IVIROOTDIR64>\Include
NI-SCOPE Import Library files (64-bit)<IVIROOTDIR64>\Lib_x64
NI-SCOPE Firmware Updaters Program Files (x86)\NI-DAQ\fpgafiles


Select Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-SCOPE»NI-SCOPE Soft Front Panel to launch the NI-SCOPE Soft Front Panel.


Documentation for NI-SCOPE is located at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-SCOPE»Documentation. The documentation set is composed of the following documents.

Document Format Description
NI High-Speed Digitizers Help HTML/Windows Help Contains primary help content for NI high-speed digitizer products. The help is an HTML version of a traditional user manual that includes the following information:
  • An introduction to high-speed digitizers and NI-SCOPE
  • Hardware device information
  • How to get started with application development
  • A complete reference for all NI-SCOPE programming functions and VIs
Getting Started Guide for your device Printed and PDF Contains software and hardware installation, MAX configuration, signal connection, and troubleshooting information for your device.
Specifications for your device Printed and PDF Lists technical specifications for your device.
Calibration Procedures for your device PDF Contains calibration instructions for your device.
NI-SCOPE Readme HTML (this document) Contains information about supported hardware and operating systems, new features, fixed issues, and legal notices.
Introduction to NI-SCOPE HTML Contains information about driver documentation, examples, connecting to your instrument, configuring instrument settings, and known issues.
NI-SCOPE IVI Compliance Document TXT Contains information about IVI compliance.

For the most recent revisions of documentation and for newly released documentation, visit

To use the .NET API, you must install the .NET class libraries or the .NET Wrapper in addition to the NI device driver. For information on versions of the .NET Framework and the drivers each supports, as well as the download location of the installer files, refer to the National Instruments .NET Driver Support document at and enter Info Code NETAPIdriversupport.

Note  To view PDFs, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You can install the viewer from

Accessing VIs and Functions

NI-SCOPE palette VIs are available from the Functions»Measurement I/O»NI-SCOPE palette.

NI-SCOPE functions are available in LabWindows/CVI from the Instrument menu. To load the NI-SCOPE function panel (.fp), select Instrument»Load, and navigate to IVI\Drivers\niSCOPE\niSCOPE.fp.

You can also access all the installed NI–SCOPE examples for LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI–SCOPE»Examples.

NI-SCOPE 16.0 Drops Support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003

With this release, NI-SCOPE drops support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack), Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. NI-SCOPE 16.0 and later will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI-SCOPE 16.0 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI-SCOPE 16.0, you cannot use any installers built on this computer with any version of LabVIEW, LabWindows™/CVI™, NI TestStand™, or Measurement Studio on an unsupported OS.

For more information about the changes to our OS support for 2016, refer to KB 79UC78LS, Why Does my LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Measurement Studio, or TestStand Built Installer Fail on Windows XP/Vista and Server 2003?.

Product Security and Critical Updates

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Driver Version Naming Changes

NI-SCOPE versions are now aligned with the versions of major NI application software products. This alignment gives you information about the year the driver was released and the most recent software version the driver was designed to work with. Driver versions now start with a two-digit year indicator: <ProductName><Year-BasedVersion>. For example, NI-SCOPE 14.0 is the version released with LabVIEW 2014. The last version released under the old numbering scheme is NI-SCOPE 4.1.3. The first version released under the new numbering scheme is NI-SCOPE 14.0.

Installing/Uninstalling/Modifying NI-SCOPE

Installing NI-SCOPE

This section provides information on installing NI-SCOPE and NI-DAQ and upgrading from previous versions of NI-SCOPE.

NI-SCOPE installs NI-DAQ if it is not already installed, or if an earlier version of NI-DAQ is installed. NI-DAQ support files will be installed if you have LabVIEW or LabWindows/CVI in your system. However, the only component that NI-SCOPE needs from NI-DAQ is the device driver.

Upgrading from a Previous Version of NI-SCOPE

Upgrading from NI-SCOPE 1.0 and 1.1—NI-SCOPE does not install over NI-SCOPE 1.0 or 1.1. You must uninstall these versions of NI-SCOPE before installing a later version of NI-SCOPE.

Upgrading from NI-SCOPE 1.5 and later—NI-SCOPE automatically uninstalls any previous version that is greater or equal to 1.5. If you have modified any old examples, these will be overwritten by the new versions.

Uninstalling/Modifying NI-SCOPE

For Windows 7, complete the following steps:

  1. Launch the Control Panel by selecting Start»Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Programs and Features.
  3. Select National Instruments Software.
  4. Click the Uninstall/Change button.
  5. Select NI-SCOPE 16.0 from the dialog box that appears.
  6. Click Remove to uninstall the product; click Modify to change the components that are installed.

For Windows 10/8.1, complete the following steps:

  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Select Programs»Programs and Features.
  4. Select National Instruments Software.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.
  6. Select NI-SCOPE 16.0 from the dialog box that appears.
  7. Click Remove to uninstall the product; click Modify to change the components that are installed.

As part of the NI-SCOPE installation, the following software is installed. To completely remove the NI-SCOPE installation from your system, you must also remove all of the following packages:

  • NI IVI Compliance Package 16.0
  • NI-DAQmx 15.0.1
  • Traditional NI-DAQ 7.4.4
  • NI Measurement & Automation Explorer 16.0
  • NI Hierarchical Waveform Storage 16.0
  • NI I/O Trace 15.0

Caution  Several of the software packages listed above are shared with other NI software packages. If you attempt to remove a piece of software that something else is dependent on, a message launches to warn you about the software dependencies. You can choose to either uninstall all of the software or to leave the shared software installed. If you choose to uninstall the shared software, some of your other NI software may no longer function correctly.

Note  Do not attempt to uninstall by manually deleting files.

Programming in NI-SCOPE

NI-SCOPE provides an intuitive, full-featured interface for programming your hardware. NI-SCOPE is IVI-Scope compliant. For more information, refer to niScopeIVIComplianceDocument.txt.

Software Examples

NI-SCOPE ships with several examples for LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Measurement Studio, MSVC, Visual C++, and Microsoft Visual Basic that will help you develop your software. These examples illustrate how to perform the most common operations with your hardware. To find the examples, go to Start»Programs»National Instruments»NI-SCOPE»Examples.

NI-SCOPE Soft Front Panel

The NI-SCOPE Soft Front Panel (SFP) is a software oscilloscope application for NI high-speed digitizers. It has the following features:

  • Familiar interactive user interface
  • Robust architecture
  • Scalar measurements
  • Save/load waveforms
  • Save/load configurations
  • Low CPU usage

The NI-SCOPE SFP demonstrates some of the capabilities of NI high-speed digitizers and enables you to start using your new digitizer immediately without the need to know a programming language. The NI-SCOPE SFP is installed by default as a feature of the NI-SCOPE installation. To remove the NI-SCOPE SFP, use the Add/Remove Programs option.

Known Issues

You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the NI-SCOPE 16.0 Known Issues List at and enter the Info Code exzjhg for an up-to-date list of known issues in NI-SCOPE 16.0.

Bug Fixes

The following list contains changes from earlier versions of NI-SCOPE to NI-SCOPE 16.0. If you have a Bug ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of NI-SCOPE.

IDFixed Issue
571533 Fixed an issue where calling the niScope Initialize VI on the NI PXIe-5170R/5171R returned an error if NI-RFmx was installed on the system.
561964 Fixed an issue where repeated capability identifiers were treated as case-sensitive.
561223 Fixed an issue where trying to open a session to an NI-RFSA device resulted in an error.
486791 Fixed an issue where setting the Vertical Coupling attribute to Ground on a NI PXIe-5185/5186 would return undefined behavior for some ranges.
439447 Fixed an issue where NI-SCOPE VIs installed into LabVIEW 2013 were not mass compiled.
425102 Fixed an issue in the NI-SCOPE driver software that affects the NI PXIe-5185/5186 that may cause data corruption when performing a multi-record acquisition. For more information about this issue, visit and enter 6DQG890S.
405834 Fixed an issue where the PXI-5900 would not initialize, producing IVI error 1074135028.
381159 Fixed an issue where calling niScope_Abort on a NI PXIe-5162 digitizer while an acquisition is in progress would cause the aborted record to be lost.
380799 Fixed an issue where using the PXIe-5162 with Distributed TClk would result in up to but less than 6.4ns of TClk skew between sync pulse senders, with the skew varying each time the sync pulse senders are synchronized.
368402 Fixed an issue where enabling 3, 5, 6, or 7 channels on the NI 5105 would cause a subsequent Fetch to return fewer samples than requested.
341670 Fixed an issue where the NI-SCOPE Soft Front Panel does not launch under certain conditions.
336845 Fixed an issue where TClk synchronization is not consistent between multiple sessions when using NI PXIe-5185 or NI PXIe-5186.
328318 Fixed an issue that caused NI-SCOPE 3.7 to not support Visual Basic 6.
327321 Fixed an issue where NI PXI-5105 returns incorrect data at low sample rates (<20 kS/s) if the channel list size is not a power of 2.
315548 Fixed an issue that caused the first channel in the channel list to return incorrect data when using the niScope EX Fetch Forever VI with multiple channels. You can find this example VI at Start»Programs»National Instruments»NI-SCOPE»Examples.
257481 Fixed an issue where the Preferred Packet Size and Maximum Bandwidth properties had no effect for the NI PXIe-5185 and NI PXIe-5186.
257093 Fixed an issue where setting the Vertical Coupling attribute to Ground on a PXI-5922 would return the following error: "Internal Software Error occurred in Scopes software. Please contact National Instruments Support."

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

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

When you install National Instruments 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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