Problem Installing the Windows SDK 7.1 for VeriStand Model Compilation

Updated Jul 20, 2018

Reported In


  • VeriStand 2015
  • VeriStand 2015 SP1
  • VeriStand 2016
  • VeriStand 2017 Full

Issue Details

I'm having problems installing the Windows SDK 7.1 on a Windows 8.1 or 10 machine. However, this version of the compiler is required to create models for Windows and PharLap ETS VeriStand systems. How can I install this SDK?


The following method has been used to successfully install the SDK 7.1 on both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10: 
  1. Uninstall all Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable packages (both x86 and x64) via Control Panel » Programs and Features.
  • Install the Windows SDK 7.1. During installation, under the Installation Options menu, uncheck Visual C++ Compilers and Microsoft Visual C++ 2010.


With the compiler installed successfully, you are ready to compile models for both Windows and PharLap ETS targets.


Note: National Instruments can only provide recommendations for installing Microsoft products- as we are not involved with their product releases. These instructions have been tested but cannot be guaranteed.

  • Reinstall the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable packages: x64 and x86.

Additional Information

Also have the IT department check the user settings to make sure that you can edit and read the registry.


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