Error -50251 in NI Device Drivers or NI MAX

Updated Aug 25, 2020

Reported In

Software

  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Driver

  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI-DCPower
  • NI-DMM
  • NI-SCOPE
  • NI-HSDIO
  • NI-SWITCH

Issue Details

  • When running my Device Driver VI, such as NI-DAQmx, I get Error -50251: The specified software component is not available. The component was not loaded. 
 
  • When I simulate a device in NI MAX I receive Error -50251: The specified software component is not available. The component was not loaded.
 
How can I resolve this issue?

Solution

This error can happen during software installation process. Follow the steps below to resolve this error. 
  • If this is your first time setting up this system, Error -50251 can indicate a corruption of the NI Device Driver installation. Try rebooting your computer, then force reinstalling the driver.
  • If it doesn't work, you can try to deactivate your anti-virus software and then try to install the driver. Sometimes, anti-virus software can block the successful installation of a driver.
  • If a force reinstall or deactivating anti-virus does not work, a re-image may be needed to reinstall the drivers.