Dual-Boot Windows 10 and LabVIEW Real Time on PXIe Controllers

Updated May 10, 2019

Reported In


  • PXIe-8101
  • PXIe-8102
  • PXI-8108
  • PXI-8109
  • PXI-8110
  • PXIe-8115
  • PXI-8119
  • PXIe-8130
  • PXIe-8133
  • PXIe-8135
  • PXI-8145
  • PXI-8183
  • PXIe-8820
  • PXIe-8840
  • PXIe-8880

Operating System

  • PharLap

Issue Details

  • I want to use both Windows 10 and PharLapRT OS on my PXIe Controller. 
  • I have a Windows 10 installed, and would like to try dual booting, I divided the partition as FAT 32 for PharLap RT OS, but RT wasn't recognized.


  • NI's policy for PXIe Controllers that ships with Windows 10 OS are configured to boot in Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) mode with a GUID Partition Table (GPT) partitioned hard drive.Windows 10 systems which installed in UEFI mode with a GPT partitioned hard drive do not support dual booting PharLap RT, and there is no plan to add this capability. This makes it incompatible with PharLap RT, which requires legacy booting and an MBR partitioned hard drive.
  • Configuring a dual boot Windows 10 PXIe Controller using MBR partitioned hard drive is not recommended by NI. NI is not responsible for any malfunctions of the PXIe controller.
  • If you would still like to change between systems, it is recommended that you change out the physical hard drive of the controller with the operating system of choice loaded on the new drive.  If your chassis originally had Pharlap RT installed, you may need to update the BIOS using a bootable USB to support the UEFI mode required with Windows 10.

Additional Information

In case of Windows 7, You can do dual booting by following Dual-Boot Windows 7 and LabVIEW Real Time on a PXI Controller.
As far as dual boot support for Linux RT is concerned, it is not currently on the list of features NI is targeting for Linux RT.


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