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Installing LabVIEW

This installation documentation is a direct companion to MIT's License of LabVIEW for Windows.

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  1. Download the evaluation copy of LabVIEW from the National Instruments Academic Software website.
  2. Double click the downloader to begin the installation. (Please Note: The downloader application is very small, only 154 KB. The actual installation is much larger, >1.17 GBs depending on what toolkits you choose to install.)
  3. "The self-extracting archive will create an installation image on your hard drive and launch the installation. After the installation completes, you may delete the installation image if you wish to be able to modify or repair the installation in the future.
  4. Click Unzip to extract the LabVIEW installer to the default location "C:\National Instruments Downloads\LabVIEW\2014"
  5. The Microsoft .MET Framwork 4.0 is required before you can install this product. You may be asked to install the .NET Framwork 4.0 now.
  6. Accept the license terms and complete the .NEW Framework 4.0 installation if required.
  7. Exit all programs before running this Setup. Disabling virus scanning utilities may improve installation speed. This program is subject to the accompanying license agreements.
  8. Enter your Full Name, and MIT as your organization.
  9. At this point you may enter the Serial Number listed through the appropriate link on IS&T's LabVIEW page (Faculty & Staff or Student).
    1. (You may leave the Application Builder for LabVIEW 2014 field blank if activating MIT's Licesne of LabVIEW Professional.)
  10. Select the folder to install NI LabVIEW 2014.
  11. Select any additional features you might want to install.
  12. If you are installing LabVIEW on a version of Windows where the Windows Firewall is enabled. you may have to "Unblock" so that you can use all of networking features in LabVIEW. (During this step you also have the option to opt-out of future LabVIEW update notifications.)
  13. Accept the following four license agreements.
  14. Start the installation.
  15. During the installation you may be prompted to Install Hardware Support for LabVIEW. You must install the appropriate device drivers in order to add support for you hardware in LabVIEW. Even if you installed device drivers with a previous version of LabVIEW, you must install them again with the current version of LabVIEW to ensure hardware support. Decline support is you plan on installing Hardware Support at a later date.
  16. LabVIEW 2014 installation should now be complete.


  1. Following the installation of LabVIEW 2014 you will be asked to activate.
  2. IS&T recommends you activate automatically through a secure internet connection.
  3. Enter the provided Serial Number for the LabVIEW 2014 Application Builder, and the Development System.
  4. A National Instruments User Profile is required to activate. If you do not have a National Instruments User Profile you can create one.
  5. Please note, almost all of the fields are required.
  6. Please wait while the Activation Wizard contacts National Instruments.
  7. After activation completes you may need to restart the associated products to use any new features.

See Also

IS&T Contributions

Documentation and information provided by IS&T staff members

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August 03, 2020

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