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

Updated Jun 19, 2019

Reported In


  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI-RIO

Issue Details

When I attempt to install either DAQmx or NI-RIO from the zip file I downloaded, I can not find the setup file. Additionally, I recieve the following error:
"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 file while the installation folder is still compressed will likely result in unexpected behavior.  Note: Opening the compressed file in Windows Explorer or a viewer such as 7-zip does not necessarily unzip the file.


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