How to Disable NI Services and Startup Apps

Updated Aug 10, 2023

I have noticed my computer has high CPU usage which is being caused by NI software. This usually occurs when my system loses internet connection or is locked. I do not utilize these services or software so they don't need to be running and slowing my computer. How do I disable them?

While disabling services will address the immediate problem, this will not address the underlying issue and could lead to incorrect behavior when using NI software. 
To Disable Services 
  1. Open the start menu and search "Services" to bring up the services window.

  2. Scroll down the list until you find the NI services, all NI services will have the prefix "NI".
  3. Right-click on the unwanted services and select Properties.
  4. Change the Startup Type property to Disabled.

  5. This will disable the service the next time you turn on your system.
To Disable Startup Apps (Windows 7)
  1. Press and hold the WINDOWS key and then press R.
  1. A dialog box will pop up. In this dialog, type "msconfig" and then click the "OK" button.
  2. The System Configuration dialog will appear on your screen.
  1. Select the "Startup" tab.
  2. Scroll down until you find the entry you wish to disable and uncheck the box in front of the text.
  3. Click "OK".
  4. The System Configuration tool will ask you to restart Windows. Make sure all your work in other applications is saved and select "Restart".
To Disable Startup Apps (Windows 10)
  1. Open the Task Manager by right-clicking the Taskbar at the bottom of your screen and selecting "Task Manager".
  2. Select the "Startup" tab.
  3. Scroll down until you find the entry you wish to disable.
  1. Right-click the entry and select Disable.
Additional Information

For a solution to a high CPU usage issue, NI recommends uninstalling and reinstalling or repairing all NI software.