Can I Install LabVIEW Without A Direct Internet Connection or DVD Drive?

Updated Aug 8, 2018

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  • LabVIEW Full
  • LabVIEW Base
  • LabVIEW Professional

Issue Details

I want to install LabVIEW on my system using the LabVIEW platform DVDs, but I have a system without a working DVD drive, such as a PXI controller. Can I still install LabVIEW on my system?

The computer I want to install LabVIEW on cannot be connected to the Internet and I cannot transfer files downloaded from the internet via other means.

 

Solution

Yes. There are three main installation options:
  • Use a USB DVD drive to load the CD.
  • Load the installers onto a USB stick
  • Download and install the LabVIEW platform DVDs from the National Instruments Downloads page.
1. Use a USB DVD drive, available from many electronics stores and websites, which will allow the system to view and install from the DVD through the USB port.

2. Load the installers onto a USB memory stick and install directly from the stick as is outlined in the steps below. Keep in mind that the installation files can be quite large, so make sure that the memory stick has enough free space to hold all of the files.
  1. From a computer that has a DVD drive, create folders in the USB drive named LVDVD1, LVDVD2, and DriverDVD
  2. Copy the contents of the three installation disks into the appropriate folders on the USB stick
  3. Safely remove the USB stick and insert it in the system without a DVD drive
  4. Run the file setup.exe directly from LVDVD1 in the USB drive
  5. The installation should run as a single process with no prompting for disks
3. Download and install the LabVIEW platform DVDs from the National Instruments Downloads page. You should use this option if the physical DVDs are not available.
 

Additional Information

Note: The process described in option 2 was developed using the LabVIEW 8.6.1 platform DVDs, other version of the LabVIEW platform DVDs will have similar steps.

Note: If you do not have the physical CDs and cannot transfer files downloaded from the computer contact your NI account manager about receiving physical media.

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