Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10 Support

Updated Nov 4, 2020

Reported In


  • Multifunction I/O Device


  • Traditional NI-DAQ

Operating System

  • Windows

Issue Details

I want to install Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) Driver on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10.
  • Is Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) supported on these 64-bit (x64) Windows versions?
  • Why does my LabVIEW VI, executable or application not run or is broken on these Windows versions?
  • Why do I receive errors when I try to run my LabVIEW executable on a Windows 10 computer?
  • Why do I run into problems or errors when installing Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) on these Windows versions?
  • Why is my DAQ device or module not showing up in Device Manager or Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) in these Windows Versions?


Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) vs NI-DAQmx

NI provides the Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) driver to support developers with legacy code needing to run on 32-bit versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.​ NI-DAQmx replaced Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) in 2003. NI strongly recommends using NI-DAQmx for new designs and migrating existing Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) applications to NI-DAQmx. Please review the Getting Started with NI-DAQmx guide for more information on migration.  

Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) Windows 64-bit Support

64-bit versions of Windows are not supported.  These versions of Windows are only supported by the newer NI-DAQmx driver.

Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) Windows 32-bit Support

Use this article to determine the version of Traditional NI-DAQ installed on your system.
Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) Windows Version Support
Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) VersionWindows VistaWindows 7Windows 8Windows 10
Note: All Windows version support noted is 32-bit only.

Troubleshooting Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) Installations