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NI software/hardware compatibility with Windows 7

Currently we are running Labview 8.0 on Windows XP with some NI hardwares: cFP and 6602 timing card. We are planning to buy a new PC with Windows 7 (with XP mode) OS and upgrade Laview to maybe the newest version 2011. So my quesion is will all my old Labview 8.0 VIs and the NI software and hardware we are using compatible with the Windows 7 and Labview 2011? If not, what can we do for the upgrade? The curren PC we are running often crashes. 


Thank you very much!


Below is a list of our system and NI software we are currenly running:


Operating System(OS)                      Microsoft Windows XP Professional

OS Version                                       5.01.2600

OS Info                                             Service Pack 3

Processor                                          Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz / x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 7 /                                                                        GenuineIntel / 2992 MHz

Number of Processors                          2

Physical Memory                                0.99 GB of RAM

Drive C:\                                           123 GB of 148 GB free


National Instruments Software: Version:


CVI Run-Time                             

NI-DAQ                                                7.4.0f0

NI-DAQmx                                            8.3.0f3

FieldPoint                                              5.0.0116

LabVIEW Interface                        

NI-488.2 Software                                    2.43

IVI Compliance Package                          2.3

LabVIEW Run-Time                                 7.1

Measurement & Automation Explorer

NI-USI                                                     1.0.2

NI-PAL Software                                     2.5.0

NI-Serial Software                                   1.8.1

NI SignalExpress                                    1.2

NI Spy                                          

NI-SWITCH                                             2.40.49153

NI-VISA                                                  3.4.1




VI Logger                                                 2.0.1

LabVIEW Run-Time                                   8.0

LabVIEW Run-Time                                  8.2

LabVIEW                                                 8.0

Internet Toolkit                                         6.0.0                                  

PID Control Toolset                                  8.0

Real-Time                                                8.0 VI

Logger                                                      2.0.1


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Could you list the types of your cFP controllers as well?

I guess we never tested the XP mode which is somewhat a special use case foe WIN 7 I think?

32 or 64 bit?



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The cFP components we have are: 


Controller: cFP-2020

thermocouple reader: cFP-TC-120

Analog input: cFP-Al-102

Relay: cFP-RLY-425

Digital input/output: cFP-DIO-550


If they are all compatible with WIN 7, then it is not nessary to run on XP mode. We haven't purchased a new PC yet, so I think we can choose either 32 or 64 bit depending on the compatibility. 


Thanks much for help.

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Anyone could help with this? Thank you very much.

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The problem will be the cFP-2020 controller.  Support for the 20xx series of controllers was dropped after LV 8.5.1.    which is not Win7 compatible.  I am currently in exactly the same situation myself.  Will be upgrading the controllers shortly.

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Wayne. C, thanks a lot for the reply. 




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Yes, Wayne is right LV 8.5.1 32 bit is the last version supported for your controller type. While it's not officially supported, many customers have been able to install and run pre-2009 versions without issue. The most common problem is with installer errors (Windows SDK Error 12), and those can usually be circumvented. There is more info in this KB:

So, while it's not officially supported, it's very possible you may be able to run LabVIEW 8.5.1 in Windows 7 32 bit without using XP mode. If you do run into trouble, definitely try XP mode, though.


I f you consider upgrading your controller you should take the 22x0 version.



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hi everyone,

 i am using  labview real time module 8.0 with labview 8.6 to communicate with CFP 2020 . i am using cfp software version 5.1. i am enable to communicate.

i have installed th real time software 8.0 on cfp 2020, but when i am searching my device in labview 8.6 i could not found device is on same LAN on which my host PC is.

please can anybody tell me labview rt 8.0 works with labview8.6... or i have to  use labview real time 8.5 for this which is last obtion for me.

thank in advance.


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The version number of the module needs to match the LabVIEW version number.


For example Real-Time Module 8.0 goes with LabVIEW 8.0 and Real-Time Module 8.5 goes with LabVIEW 8.5.


As discussed above you won't be able to use your cFP 2020 with LabVIEW 8.6. The latest supported version of LabVIEW for the cFP 2020 is 8.5.1 as shown in this KnowledgeBase.

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National Instruments
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