This file contains important information about the LabVIEW roboRIO Toolkit, including system requirements, installation instructions, and known issues for the LabVIEW 2016 roboRIO Toolkit.
The LabVIEW roboRIO Toolkit provides you with tools for creating and deploying applications on the roboRIO.
The roboRIO Toolkit has the following requirements:
Refer to the LabVIEW Readme for additional system requirements for LabVIEW 2016.
The roboRIO Toolkit supports the following operating systems:
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 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.
To install the roboRIO Toolkit using the LabVIEW roboRIO Software Bundle media, complete the following steps:
To install the roboRIO Toolkit using the installer from ni.com/downloads, double-click the setup.exe file in the root directory of the roboRIO Toolkit installer and follow the instructions on the screen to install this product.
With this release, the LabVIEW roboRIO Toolkit drops support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack), Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. The LabVIEW 2016 roboRIO Toolkit and later will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use the LabVIEW 2016 roboRIO Toolkit to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing the LabVIEW 2016 roboRIO Toolkit, 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?.
You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the NI website for an up-to-date list of known issues in the LabVIEW roboRIO Toolkit.
Visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code exkvqg for information about using the UART and the RS-232 channels on the roboRIO.
The roboRIO Toolkit provides the LabVIEW for roboRIO environment to allow you to easily access roboRIO-specific features and focus on developing roboRIO applications.
You can use the Choose Environment Settings dialog box to change your LabVIEW environment. To display this dialog box, select Tools»Choose Environment from LabVIEW.
Refer to the LabVIEW Help, accessible by selecting Help»LabVIEW Help from LabVIEW, for information about the roboRIO Toolkit.
Select Help»Find Examples from LabVIEW to launch the NI Example Finder. LabVIEW examples for the roboRIO Toolkit are located in the labview\examples\roboRIO directory. You can modify an example VI to fit an application, or you can copy and paste from one or more examples into a VI that you create.
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