Using NI USB Key or Dongle for Licensing and Activation

Updated Sep 20, 2019

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  • FLEXid
  • USB Key Dongle

Issue Details

What steps do I need to complete to setup and use the NI USB key or dongle for licensing?

Solution

Before starting, please make sure that you have a valid license file for the USB Key - You can request the License File manually from National Instruments. For further information refer to Related Links or click here

NI License Manager 4.5 and later
To install the USB Key Driver, you will need to download the matching bit version regarding your Windows OS.  For Windows 32-bit OS, download USB_Key_NILM_4_5_later_x86.zip. For Windows 64-bit OS, download USB_Key_NILM_4_5_later_x64.zip.

Installing the Driver:
  1. Open up the Windows command prompt by clicking on the Windows Start button and searching for cmd.
  2. In the command prompt window, paste the file path of the haspdinst.exe installer. Immediately after the file path, add -i and press enter. This should install the driver to your computer.
  1. Click on the USB_Dongle_for_32_bit_OS.bat or USB_Dongle_for_64_bit_OS.bat. This will run a short script that will move the DLL(s) located within the zip file to the correct location on your computer.

NI License Manager 4.4 or older
To install the USB Key Driver, you will need to download the matching bit version regarding your Windows OS.  For Windows 32-bit OS, download FLEXID9_Windows_v7_60_i686.zip. For Windows 64-bit OS, download FLEXID9_Windows_v7_60_x64.zip.

Installing the Driver:
  1. Open up the Windows command prompt by clicking on the Windows Start button and searching for cmd.
  2. In the command prompt window, paste the file path of the haspdinst.exe installer. Immediately after the file path, add -i and press enter. This should install the driver to your computer.

Additional Information

Working with multiple machines:
  • You will need to install the USB Key driver separately on each machine that you want to use the USB key on. 
  • You will need to install the license file on every machine that you wish to use the USB Key on. To install the license file, drag and drop it onto NI License Manager.
Uninstalling the driver:
  • Follow the steps for installing the driver, but instead of adding -i to the command prompt line, add -r.
Requesting a License File for the USB Key:

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