How to Upgrade the Operating System on a cRIO

Updated Dec 23, 2023

Reported In


  • CompactRIO Controller

Operating System

  • Windows Embedded Standard (WES)
  • NI Linux Real-Time

Issue Details

I want to make sure my cRIO has the most recently released version of its operating system for security purposes. How do I upgrade the operating system on my cRIO?


The process for upgrading the operating system depends on whether your cRIO has Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard (WES) or NI Linux Real-Time (LinuxRT) installed.

Windows Targets

Instructions on this process are included in the device's user manual. For example, if you are using the cRIO-9081, there is a section titled Installing an Operating System in the user manual, which outlines the steps.

NI Linux Real-Time Targets

Install the latest version of the CompactRIO Device Drivers compatible with the version of LabVIEW Real-Time installed on your cRIO. This should then allow you to upgrade to the latest available firmware for your device.