With the LabVIEW Platform, one installation gives you access to nearly all products in the LabVIEW platform. If you purchased any LabVIEW modules or toolkits, install and activate them using the LabVIEW Platform installer to ensure compatibility with LabVIEW 2020. If you want to evaluate any of these add-ons before purchasing them, you can install these add-ons and try them for free for a set period of time.
You can run the LabVIEW Platform installer on 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 and KB3125574 for more information about how to install these updates.
Note Refer to LabVIEW Platform Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021 for information about future OS support.
Note In 2016 LabVIEW dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. LabVIEW 2020 will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use LabVIEW 2020 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing LabVIEW 2020, 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, visit ni.com/r/OSSupport2016.
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.
Refer to the LabVIEW Upgrade Notes for additional system requirements for the LabVIEW Development System and to the product readmes for additional module and toolkit system requirements.
NI installs the LabVIEW Platform using NI Package Manager. If you do not already have NI software installed, the LabVIEW Platform installs NI Package Manager to handle the installation of your NI software. Visit ni.com/r/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 products using the LabVIEW Platform media.
Save the media in order to modify or repair your installation or to distribute NI software with your custom-built installers.
Are you upgrading from a previous version of LabVIEW? Refer to the LabVIEW Upgrade Notes for information about protecting existing VIs and projects before installing a new version of LabVIEW, as well as upgrade and compatibility issues and a complete list of new features in LabVIEW 2020.
You can access a list of issues fixed for LabVIEW 2020 on the LabVIEW 2020 Patch Details page.
If you have another language version of LabVIEW 2020 installed on your computer, uninstall that version before installing the new language version.
If you want to install LabVIEW modules and toolkits, ensure you install modules and toolkits that are compatible with LabVIEW 2020. If you attempt to install incompatible toolkit versions, you might corrupt your LabVIEW installation. If you install an incompatible version and corrupt your LabVIEW installation, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code repair to learn how to repair software in NI Package Manager.
The following products are included in the LabVIEW Platform. Refer to the readme of each product for information including system requirements, installation, activation, known issues, and bug fixes.
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 Automating an Installer in the NI Package Manager manual.
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.
LabVIEW Platform 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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