DAQ Assistant Missing, Not Showing Up, or Not Initializing Correctly in LabVIEW

Updated Nov 19, 2021

Reported In


  • LabVIEW
  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)


  • NI-DAQmx

Issue Details

  • I have already installed LabVIEW, and the DAQ Assistant Express VI is missing or not showing up in my Measurement I/O functions palette, or when I use search.
  • I just installed NI-DAQmx and LabVIEW, but DAQ functions, like DAQ Assistant, are not available in LabVIEW. However, I can create a task in NI MAX. What's wrong with LabVIEW?
  • I am able to see the DAQ Assistant VI, but I am having issues when trying to load it, as it does not initialize correctly when I place it in LabVIEW.


The DAQ Assistant is part of the NI-DAQmx DAQ hardware driver and is not included with the LabVIEW download.

If you are having issues locating the DAQ Assistant VI

Follow these troubleshooting steps to resolve the issue:
  • Ensure compatibility for your Operating System (OS), LabVIEW and NI-DAQmx versions by checking the following charts:
  • Ensure that the Installation Order for Multiple NI Software Products is followed. LabVIEW must be installed first and then NI-DAQmx must be done after.
    • If the installation was in the incorrect order, repairing or force reinstalling the DAQmx driver will fix the order.
  • Upgrade to the newest DAQmx driver the LabVIEW version can support
  • Repair or Force Reinstall DAQmx  This absolves any corrupt downloads.
  • Rerun the DAQmx installer (setup.exe or autorun.exe), select Custom Installation, and make sure you have installed DAQmx Support for LabVIEW.
    • If you left-click on the icon next to LabVIEW, you need to make sure that the Install this feature to a local drive option is selected. 

Note: If you are still unable to locate the DAQ Assistant, follow the steps in the article Missing Icons on Functions or Control Palette


If you are seeing the DAQ Assistant VI in LabVIEW but you are having issues initializing or loading it.

If you have already tried the previous steps and you are still having issues, contact NI Technical Support .


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