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How to do a Repair Install with NI Package Manager



I have a broken LabVIEW 2014 install, when I try to open the NI example finder from the LabVIEW IDE menu system.


I have had this problem a few years ago when installing lots of different version nof LabVIEW and playing with Beta's. In the past this was easy to solve by doing a Repair on the installation as shown in the Knowledge based article below.


However, trying this now I have 2017 installed and the NI Package Manager there no longer seems to be a Repair option. 


Any suggestions please, I really really do NOT want to do a complete uninstall and reinstall as I am in the middle of a important project.





Danny Thomson AshVire Ltd
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Hi Danny,


Unfortunately here is no way to repair products in NI Package Manager.This is a known issue (#644626 at NI Package Manager Known Issues).


The best way to 'repair' is to uninstall and reinstall.


If this really isn't a possibility you can first uninstall all the 2017 and NXG products through Package Manager, and at the end Package Manager itself. (Package Manager also has its own entry next to the National Instruments Software in Add/Remove Programs window.) This will allow the Add/Remove Programs functionality for NI Software to go back to what it used to be.


I hope this helps,


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In addition to Rebecca's suggestion, there is another way that leverages the older uninstaller system, though it has a limitation. Here are the steps:

  1. Get to a Windows command-prompt.
  2. Run the old uninstaller with the "/NoNIPM" flag, which would typically be located here:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\Shared\NIUninstaller\uninst.exe" /NoNIPM
  3. Select the product you want to repair (or ctrl-click to select multiple products), then click Repair.
  4. Follow the multiple prompts for media if you get them.
  5. However, once you get to a prompt that is titled "Windows Installer" and points to a path in \Temp (example below), click "Cancel" as you don't have the files necessary to proceed past this point. Reboot afterwards if prompted.

This will not repair everything, but should repair LabVIEW 2014 itself.



- Wes



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Thank you both for your replies.


I must say i think that this "know issue" is rather a major one to be honest and no workaround. Is this something that is going to be fixed at some time going forward ?


I did try you solution Wes, but it did not fix the problem for me, but thanks for the suggestion. Looks like I will have to live with the problem for now





Danny Thomson AshVire Ltd
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I've just run into this problem.   This is amateurish, NI.   Fix it.

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Me too - I missed installing R-series card drivers and after installing, can't get the FPGA VIs to show support for the cards. Having to uninstall/reinstall a bunch of components to try and resolve because the repair option is greyed out.

LabVIEW Champion, CLA, CLED, CTD
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There is still a repair option if you just run the installer directly.


I wanted to repair MAX 17.0. So I put in the DAQmx 17.0 DVD, browsed the folders in products to MAX and ran the MSI file there. It let me choose a repair option.



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