Error During Hardware Firmware Update in NI MAX

Updated Mar 20, 2019

Reported In


  • PXIe-1082
  • CompactRIO Controller


  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Issue Details

I am trying to update my hardware's firmware using the Update Firmware button in the Settings tab of NI Measurement and Automation Explorer (NI MAX), but I am receiving the following error:

There was a problem updating the firmware for this device.​



This error will occur when NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX) is opened without Windows Administrative privileges. Follow the steps below to run NI MAX with administrative privileges.
  1. Close NI MAX if it is already open.
  2. Right-click NI MAX and select Run as administrator.
  3. Select the hardware you are attempting to update and select Update Firmware.
  4. Follow the on-screen steps.

Additional Information

This error can also occur if you are updating software at the same time that you are trying to update the Firmware. Your first step should be to update the Firmware and then update/install software.


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