How To Activate Windows 10 on My PXIe Controller

Updated Jan 29, 2020

Reported In


  • PXI Controller
  • External Controller for PXI

Operating System

  • Windows

Issue Details

  • I recently purchased a PXIe Controller from National Instruments with a Windows 10 Operating System, but I'm getting a message saying that windows is not activating.
  • I have (re)-installed Windows 10 on my PXIe-8880 from a backup image created based on the article "Moving Pre-Installed Image to New PXI Hard Drive". How can I activate Windows 10 on my controller?


PXIe Controllers that have been purchased with Windows 10 have a unique digital product key inserted into the BIOS of the system. 

Therefore, after installing Windows you need to connect your controller to the internet to activate your Windows automatically. 


Note: If you do not have internet access you will need to activate by phone by calling Microsoft and quote the Product ID. To find this ID, select the Start button » Settings » Update & Security » Activation.

Additional Information

If the above steps fails with an error, you can click the Troubleshoot option in the Activation Settings for further help.