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Installer build errors 3 & -12

Hi NI,

I need one of your AEs to take a look at this issue.




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Message 11 of 14

Hey Brooks,


One thing I would try would be to uninstall your current version of DAQmx, and download an online version of the installer. ( if you want to keep the same version of DAQmx)


LabVIEWrememberswhereyouinstalledyourdrivers when it creates an installer andsometimestheonlineversionsofthedriversworkbetterforcreatinginstallers.



Matt Watts
Applications Engineer
National Instruments


Matt W.
Applications Engineer
National Instruments
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Message 12 of 14

Hi Matt,

After uninstall/reinstall of the DAQ driver I get the following:


Visit the Request Support page at to learn more about resolving this problem. Use the following information as a reference: >> >> >> >> >>

Loading product deployment information
Loading product deployment information
Adding files to installer
Copying files...
Scanning files...
Updating files...
Build complete successfully.
Done adding files
Preparing to build deployment
Copying products from distributions
Copying distribution 'NI Developer Suite 2012 DS2 DVD 1' from: E:\ to: C:\ProgramData\National Instruments\MDF\ProductCache\
*** Error: Windows SDK function returned an error. (Error code -12)
The system cannot find the path specified.

*** Error Details:
Error in MDF API function: _MDFDistCopyList_CopyItem
Windows function FindFirstFile returned an error. Error code: 3
*** End Error Report
Done building deployment

Any other ideas?




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Message 13 of 14

Hi Brooks_LV,


After doing some research regarding the errors your have received, there seem to be several causes of this error. Here is a KnowledgeBase Article that describes one of the solutions suggested for this error: AE KB 4PAIRE3H: Not A Path Error Received When Building an Installer. It seems as if this error accompanies a corruption for the build specification of the installer. Let me know if these steps help.

Sam Burhans
Senior Product Manager
National Instruments
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