RFmx Runtime (64-Bit) 20.0 Readme

June 2020

This file contains important information about the RFmx Runtime (64-Bit), including system requirements, and installation instructions.

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Installation Instructions

Product Security and Critical Updates

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

RFmx Runtime (64-Bit) Drops Support for Windows 7 (64-Bit) and Windows Server 2008 R2 in 2021

Legal Information

The following products are included in the RFmx Runtime (64-Bit) media. Refer to the readme of each product for information including installation, activation, new features, known issues, and bug fixes.

Application Software

  • RFmx SpecAn Runtime (64-Bit)
  • RFmx Demod Runtime (64-Bit)
  • RFmx Noise Figure Runtime
  • RFmx Phase Noise Runtime
  • RFmx WLAN Runtime (64-Bit)
  • RFmx Bluetooth Runtime (64-Bit)
  • RFmx NR Runtime (64-Bit)
  • RFmx LTE Runtime (64-Bit)
  • RFmx WCDMA Runtime (64-Bit)
  • RFmx TD-SCDMA Runtime (64-Bit)
  • RFmx EV-DO Runtime (64-Bit)
  • RFmx CDMA2k Runtime (64-Bit)
  • RFmx GSM Runtime (64-Bit)


  • NI-RFSG Playback Library Runtime

System Requirements

RFmx Runtime (64-Bit) has the following requirements:

  • Processor—1 GHz 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 4 GB RAM *
  • A screen resolution of 1,024 x 768
  • Windows 10/8.1/7, with all available critical updates and service packs

* Depending on the amount of data acquired and/or processed, a larger amount of memory may be required.

Supported Operating Systems

RFmx Runtime (64-Bit) 20.0 supports the following 64-bit operating systems:

  • Windows 10/8.1 1 /7 SP1 2
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 2

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 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   In 2019, RFmx Runtime (64-Bit) dropped support for all 32-bit Windows operating systems. RFmx Runtime (64-Bit) will not install or run on an unsupported OS. Refer to RFmx Runtime (64-Bit) Drops Support for Windows 7 (64-Bit) and Windows Server 2008 R2 in 2021 for information about future OS support.

For more information about the changes to our OS support for 2016, visit ni.com/r/OSSupport2016.

Installation Instructions

NI automates software 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.

RFmx Test Software is available for download from NI Software Product Downloads.

Product Security and Critical Updates

Visit ni.com/security to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about National Instruments products. Visit ni.com/critical-updates for information about critical updates from National Instruments.

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.

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.

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 ni.com/windows10.

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

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.

RFmx Runtime (64-Bit) Drops Support for Windows 7 (64-Bit) and Windows Server 2008 R2 in 2021

RFmx Runtime (64-Bit) will drop support for Windows 7 (64-bit) and Windows Server 2008 R2 starting in 2021. Versions of this product that ship after May 1, 2021, may not install or execute correctly on these operating systems. For detailed information about NI operating system support, visit ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.

Legal Information


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End-User License Agreements and Third-Party Legal Notices

You can find end-user license agreements (EULAs) and third-party legal notices in the following locations after installation:

  • Notices are located in the <National Instruments>\_Legal Information and <National Instruments> directories.
  • EULAs are located in the <National Instruments>\Shared\MDF\Legal\license directory.
  • Review <National Instruments>\_Legal Information.txt for information on including legal information in installers built with NI products.

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