This file contains important information about the IVI Compliance Package (ICP), including installation instructions, new features, a partial list of bugs fixed for ICP 18.5, 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 18.5, the installation includes one or more of the following components:
ICP has the following requirements:
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.
Note In 2016 ICP dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. ICP 18.5 will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use ICP 18.5 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing ICP 18.5, 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 NI ADE Installer Fail on Windows XP/Vista and Windows Server 2003?.
Note Support for Windows 32-bit operating systems may require disabling physical address extension (PAE). To learn how this might affect your system and what actions you might need to take, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code PAESupport.
The following table lists the NI application software versions, including service packs, supported by ICP. If you are not using NI application software, refer to Microsoft Visual Studio Support.
|NI Application Software||Versions Supported by IVI Compliance Package|
|NI LabVIEW||2015, 2016, 2017, 2018|
|NI LabWindows™/CVI™||7.1, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017|
ICP is included in the National Instruments Device Drivers media. A stand-alone web distribution version is available from ni.com/downloads.
Note: National Instruments recommends that you close all other applications before you install ICP 18.5. You must have at least 260 MB of free space available to install this product.
To install the stand-alone, web-only version of ICP, complete the following steps:
NI automates LabVIEW NXG 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.
Complete the following steps to install ICP for LabVIEW NXG.
Complete the following steps to uninstall ICP 18.5:
Note: After you uninstall ICP 18.5, the IVI Shared Components remain on the system. To remove the remaining components, right-click IVI Shared Components 2.6 and select Uninstall/Change.
Note: If you installed ICP 18.5 as part of another distribution that depends on ICP 18.5, you cannot uninstall ICP 18.5 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, then 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:
Previous releases include the following new features and bug fixes:
The following sections detail considerations for using LabVIEW NXG with ICP 18.5.
Software support for LabVIEW NXG differs in the following ways:
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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.
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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.
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