This file contains important information about the IVI Compliance Package (ICP), including installation instructions, new features, a partial list of bugs fixed for ICP 17.0, and known issues.
The IVI Compliance Package is a software package that contains the IVI class drivers and support libraries necessary to develop and use applications that leverage IVI instrument interchangeability. The IVI Compliance Package also is based on and is compliant with the latest version of the instrument programming specifications defined by the IVI Foundation. You can use the IVI class drivers in the IVI Compliance Package with IVI specific drivers.
IVI class drivers implement functions and attributes for controlling an instrument within a specified class, as defined by the IVI Foundation. The IVI Compliance Package provides IVI class drivers for the following specifications:
IVI specific drivers are drivers for the most popular instruments from all of the currently defined IVI Foundation classes and from the largest instrument manufacturers including National Instruments, Keysight Technologies, and Tektronix. You can create IVI specific drivers yourself, or download them from ni.com/idnet.
Depending on the software support you select when you install ICP 17.0, the installation includes one or more of the following components:
ICP has the following requirements:
Note ICP supports only R2 editions for Windows Server.
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.
The following table lists the NI application software versions, including service packs, supported by ICP.
|NI Application Software||Versions Supported by IVI Compliance Package|
|NI LabVIEW||2014 or later|
|NI LabWindows™/CVI™||LabWindows/CVI version 7.1 or later|
ICP is included in the National Instruments Device Drivers media. A stand-alone web distribution version is available on ni.com/downloads.
Before installing ICP 17.0, consider the following issues:
To install the stand-alone, web-only ICP, complete the following steps:
Complete the following steps to uninstall ICP 17.0:
Note: After you uninstall ICP 17.0, the IVI Shared Components remain on the system. To remove the remaining components, right-click IVI Shared Components 2.4.2 and select Uninstall/Change.
Note: If you installed ICP 17.0 as part of another distribution that depends on ICP 17.0, you cannot uninstall ICP 17.0 without uninstalling the dependent product.
The IVI Compliance Package provides support only for the latest version of LabWindows/CVI installed on your computer. If you install the IVI Compliance Package on a computer with LabWindows/CVI installed, upgrade to a later version of LabWindows/CVI, complete the following steps to modify the IVI Compliance Package installation to get IVI support for the later version of LabWindows/CVI:
This process removes IVI class driver support for the previous version of LabWindows/CVI and adds this support for the later version of LabWindows/CVI.
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This release includes the following new features and bug fixes:
IVI Compliance Package (ICP) 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, ICP 17.0 is the version released with LabVIEW 2017. The last version released under the old numbering scheme is ICP 4.6.1. The first version released under the new numbering scheme is ICP 14.0.
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:
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, ni.com/windows10.
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 ni.com/windows8.
The following sections detail considerations for using LabVIEW NXG with ICP 17.0.
Software support for LabVIEW NXG differs in the following ways:
NI automates LabVIEW NXG installation using a package manager. Complete the following steps to install ICP 17.0 for LabVIEW NXG.
View context help in LabVIEW by pressing <Ctrl-H> and hovering over an object.
Search for items using the search bar in the upper right corner of the LabVIEW window. You can also view context help for the search results.
Additional documentation is available online at ni.com/manuals.
Launch LabVIEW and click the Learning tab.
LabVIEW lessons are located in the Lessons tab, and LabVIEW Examples are located in the Examples tab. Follow the instructions in the lessons and examples.
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