Which Directories on Disk Do the Installer Destination Folders Map to?

Updated Mar 7, 2018

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Software

  • LabVIEW Full

Operating System

  • Windows

Issue Details

I want to build an installer and I'm looking at the Destination View folders under the Source Files category in Build Specifications. Which directories on disk do these folders map to?

Solution

Below is a summary of where the installer will put the files contained in each Destination View folder:
 
Microsoft Installer (MSI) Properties on Windows XP
Destination View foldersTypical File Path
[Public App Data] or [CommonAppDataFolder]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data
[Program Files Common] or [CommonFilesFolder]C:\Program Files\Common Files
[All Users Desktop] or [DesktopFolder]C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop
[Personal] or [PersonalFolder]C:\Documents and Settings\user_profile\My Documents (1)
[Program Files] or [ProgramFilesFolder]C:\Program Files
[System] or [SystemFolder]C:\WINDOWS\system32
[Temp] or [TempFolder]C:\Documents and Settings\user_profile\Local Settings\Temp (1)
[Windows] or [WindowsFolder]C:\Windows
[Windows Volume] or [WindowsVolume]C:\
 
Microsoft Installer (MSI) Properties on Windows Vista/7
Destination View FolderTypical File Path
[Public App Data] or [CommonAppDataFolder]C:\ProgramData
[Program Files Folder] or [CommonFilesFolder]C:\Program Files\Common Files
[All Users Desktop] or [DesktopFolder]C:\Users\Public\Desktop
[Personal] or [PersonalFolder]C:\Users\user_profile\Documents (1)
[Program Files] or [ProgramFilesFolder]C:\Program Files
[System] or [SystemFolder]C:\WINDOWS\system32
[Temp] or [TempFolder]C:\Users\user_profile\AppData\Local\Temp (1)
[Windows] or [WindowsFolder]C:\Windows
[Windows Volume] or [WindowsVolume]C:\
 
LabVIEW Destinations on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Destination View FolderTypical File Path
[LabVIEW x Examples] (2)C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW x\
examples (2,3)
[LabVIEW x Help] (2)C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW x\
help (2,3)
[LabVIEW x Instrument Drivers] (2)C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW x\
examples (2,3)
[LabVIEW x Palettes] (2)C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW x\
menus (2,3)
[LabVIEW x] or [LVxRTEDIR] (2)C:\Program Files\National Instruments\Shared\LabVIEW Run-Time\x (2,3)
[LabVIEW x User Libraries] (2)C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW x\
user.lib (2,3)
[LabVIEW x] or [LVDIR] (2)C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW x (2,3)

(1): user_profile denotes the name of the current Windows user's account name
(2): x denotes the highest version of LabVIEW installed. If no version of Labview is installed, the following directory will be used: C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW
(3): The path is determined by the setting of Window's Environment Variables %ProgramFiles% and %ProgramFiles(x86)% and will typically expand to C:\Program Files\ for LabVIEW 64bit and C:\Program Files (x86)\ for LabVIEW 32bit.

 

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