What Does the Windows SDK Install During the LabWindows™/CVI™ Installation?

Updated Feb 13, 2019

Reported In


  • LabWindows/CVI

Issue Details

During installation of LabWindows™/CVI™ 2015 or later, I am prompted to install the Windows SDK. What does this installation include? Do I need to install it?


If you have an active Internet connection, the installer prompts you to select Windows SDK components to install. The components you select are downloaded and installed from the Microsoft website. If you do not have an active Internet connection, LabWindows/CVI installs all Windows SDK components, which might not be the latest components available on the Microsoft website. The Windows SDK includes the following components:
  • Windows Software Development Kit: Tools, header files, and libraries for creating and debugging Windows 8.1 applications.
  • Windows Performance Toolkit: The Windows Performance Recorder, Windows Performance Analyzer, and Xperf tools.
  • Debugging Tools for Windows: Kernel and user-mode debuggers for Windows applications.
  • Application Verifier for Windows: The Application Verifier for Windows tool, which verifies unmanaged code.
  • .NET Framework 4.5.1 Software Development Kit: Tools for creating managed code applications.
  • Windows App Certification Kit: Tools for testing your application for the Windows Store and for the Windows Certification program.
  • MSI Tools: Tools for creating and editing .msi installers.

If you cancel the Windows SDK installation, LabWindows/CVI will not function properly. You will need to install the full SDK to ensure proper functionality. You can download the Windows SDK from one of the following places: