Repair Software In NI Package Manager (NIPM)

Updated Nov 4, 2019

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Software

  • Package Manager

Issue Details

I want to repair some NI software that I installed. I have NI Package Manager (NIPM) installed but it doesn't give an option to repair.

Solution

The repair process is different depending on if you previously installed the software through NI Package Manager, or by manually executing a standalone installer.
 

Software installed using NI Package Manager 19.5 or later
In newer versions of NI Package Manager, click on the installed tab >>  the software in question >> the green repair button at the top of the page and selecting all software updates available.
An example can be seen in the image below:



Software installed using NI Package Manager version 19.0 or earlier

Older versions of NI Package Manager do not have an option to repair an installation. This is in contrast to the previously available repair option for NI Software within the Windows Control Panel. Due to the lack of this feature, repairing an installation requires two steps:

  1. Uninstall the software in question using the steps give in: Uninstall National Instruments Software or Drivers Using NI Package Manager.
  2. Download and install the software again from Software and Driver Downloads.
 

Software installed originally without NI Package Manager
Note: This method should not be used to uninstall software, only to repair, as it will not remove the software from NI Package Manager and could cause severe issues when trying to resolve dependencies.

Instructions on executing the installation repair:

  1. Open Windows Command Prompt by opening Windows' Start menu, typing cmd, then clicking cmd.exe.
  2. Run the following command to use the uninstaller executable without invoking NIPM:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\Shared\NIUninstaller\uninst.exe" /NoNIPM
  3. Select the product you want to repair (or <Ctrl><Left-Click> to select multiple products), then click Repair.
  4. Follow the multiple prompts for media in case you get them.
  5. Once you get to a prompt that is titled Windows Installer and points to a path in \Temp (example image below), click Cancel as you don't have the files necessary to proceed past this point. Reboot afterwards if prompted.
 

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