Can I Install Windows 7 on My PXI-8196/8106/8105?

Updated Feb 18, 2019

Reported In


  • PXI-8196
  • PXI-8106
  • PXI-8105

Operating System

  • Windows

Issue Details

I have a PXI 8196/8106/8105 with Windows XP currently installed on it. Can I install Windows 7 on these systems? 


There have been cases where Windows 7 (both 32- and 64-bit) has been successfully installed on the PXI-8196/8106/8105, but this is not supported. 
One of the major drawbacks to doing this is there are only peripheral drivers available for Windows XP, so when installing Windows 7 you can either use the XP version of the peripheral driver (possibly using compatibility mode) or find a driver off the web.

Additional Information

See NI Shop PXI Controllers for newer PXI and PXIe embedded controllers that ship with Windows 7 (32-bit), Windows 7 (64-bit), or Windows 10 (64-bit only).


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