Complete Installation of LabVIEW 2018 and Earlier on a Second Drive

Updated Apr 29, 2020

Reported In


  • LabVIEW

Issue Details

I have LabVIEW 2018 (or earlier).
  • My hard drive is full and I would like to install LabVIEW 2018 (or earlier) on a different hard drive.
  • Is there a way to make all the LabVIEW files install on a drive other than my primary drive?
  • Can I move C:\Users\All Users\National Instruments\ resp. C:\ProgramData\National Instruments\  to the second drive?


First of all, you can choose the destination directory of NI Software and NI LabVIEW (using a different drive) during the installation process.
You can customize some path settings in LabVIEW under Tools > Options > Paths. However, some files will still be  installed on your primary drive. LabVIEW has to store some files on the primary drive for things like licensing, user settings, etc. 

Moving C:\Users\All Users\National Instruments\ resp. C:\ProgramData\National Instruments\  to the second drive can cause problems in the future as other NI software is using these files as well. This action is not a supported solution.