Modify NI Software in NI Package Manager

Updated May 3, 2018

Reported In

Software

  • Package Manager 1.0
  • Package Manager 17.5

Issue Details

  • Can I install an earlier version of LabVIEW than the version I already have installed on my computer if I already have the latest version of LabVIEW installed with all the necessary modules, toolkits, and drivers and I am using NI Package Manager (NIPM)?
  • How do I do a modify install in NI Package Manager (NIPM)?

Solution

Software installed using NIPM (Dual-Citizen):

If the module/toolkit/driver that you already have installed and that you need to have work with an earlier version of LabVIEW that you will install is a Dual-Citizen (see Additional Information for how to determine if software is a Dual-Citizen), you have the ability to change the support installed inside NI Package Manager (NIPM).

NI Package Manager 17.5

  1. Click on the Installed tab.
  2. Click on the gear icon to the right of the item you want to modify.
  3. Once you click on the gear icon, you will be able to select the items installed for that product which would include support for hardware or Application Development Environments (ADEs) such as LabVIEW. 

NI Package Manager 1.0

  1. Click on the Installed tab.
  2. Click on the Change button associated with the item you want to modify.  You will be able to select the items installed for that product which would include support for hardware or Application Development Environments (ADEs) such as LabVIEW.
 

Software installed using NIPM (non-Dual-Citizen) or installed without NIPM:

If the software in question has a standalone installer (setup.exe) and does not have to be installed through an NI Package Manager package, then you can run the installer independently and it will have the same effect as a modify install.
 
The best way to ensure compatibility is to uninstall the modules/toolkits/drivers in question and reinstall them after installing all necessary LabVIEW versions.

Additional Information

Software that can be distributed and installed as a package as well as a traditional installer is considered to be a dual-citizen. The easiest way to check whether the software you are looking for is a dual-citizen, is to look for it on the NI Package Manager store. If there is no item for your software, then it is not a dual-citizen.

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