Fatal Error: Unable to Find Initialization File Error While Installing NI Software

Updated Apr 16, 2019

Reported In


  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI-RIO

Issue Details

  • I am installing DAQmx and it can't find the setup file. I am receiving error "Fatal Error. Unable to find initialization file."
  • I am trying to install NI-RIO from the zip file I downloaded.  I got an error message: "Fatal Error. Unable to find initialization file."


Make sure you unzip the folder before attempting to run the installer.  One way to unzip a folder is to right-click on it, and select Extract All...

Additional Information

Running the .exe while it is still compressed will likely have unexpected behavior.  Opening the compressed file in Windows Explorer or a viewer such as 7-zip does not necessarily unzip the file.


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