Installing an NI Software Suite or Software Packages to an Offline Computer

Updated Jul 1, 2019

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Software

  • LabVIEW Automated Test Suite
  • LabVIEW Embedded Control and Monitoring Suite
  • HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite
  • Software Platform Bundle
  • Academic Site License

Issue Details

I have purchased an NI Software Suite such as Automated Test Software SuiteEmbedded Control and Monitoring Software Suite (ECM), Multi-IDE Bundle , or Academic Site License.  I want to download the software as well as drivers and install onto multiple computers, some not connected to the internet.  What is the best way to do this?

I purchased NI's Embedded Control and Monitoring Software Suite (EMC), but I can't transfer the entire installer on one DVD. How can I break the installation down into smaller sizes, so I can transfer the software on multiple DVD's?

Solution

National Instruments offers Web-Based Installers for our Software Suites to install multiple applications, toolkits, and drivers at once and require online access only once to prepare an installer package which can then be distributed.
 

Making an Installer for an Offline Computer

  1. Download and open the Web-Based Installer for your suite or software package.
  2. The installer will ask you where you would like to save the files the installer will download.  Select a file location which can be easily found, so you can move the files later for distribution, and click Start.
 
  1. Continue through the steps until you encounter the screen below.  Select I want to download software only.  I will install at a later time.  
  1. On the next screen you will be given options to use your NI Account or serial numbers to select what to download or you can select the products manually.
  1. You will then be presented with a list of software to be installed which you can customize if required.
  1. Continue through the rest of the steps and the installer will download the packages necessary to install the software you selected.
  2. Double-check your desired NI software was saved in the Installer folder. The individual software's setup.exe files should be included in the Distributions folder of the Installer.
  3. For distribution, load the Installer folder, including the Distribution directory with your selected software installation files, to your physical media drive or disk.
 

Using the Created Installer on an Offline Computer

  1. Using the physical media you just created, containing both the web-based installer package as well as the Distribution directory with all the NI software installers, launch the Software Platform Bundle installer and point the file path to the Distribution directory with the NI software, similar to below.

 
  1. Follow the installer steps until you see the screen below, and select I want to install software now.

 
  1. Follow the rest of the steps and the installer will install the downloaded software onto the offline computer.
Note, the installer will ask you to specify which NI software available you would like to install on the offline computer. This step is repeated on the offline computer to ensure you don't accidentally install extra software that is on the installer, but you weren't wanting on your original computer.

Additional Information

If you purchased Developer Suite, Multi-IDE Bundle, Enterprise Agreement ("EA"), Academic Site License ("ASL"), or Alliance Partner Software ("APS"), you can use the Software Platform Bundle Web-based Installer to install and activate your software.