Installing NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Updated Jan 27, 2021



  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Measurement and Automation Explorer (MAX) cannot be downloaded by itself. It is included with all NI drivers (NI-VISA, NI-DAQmx etc.) and NI System Configuration. This article will walk through how to get NI MAX on your system, explain why you cannot downgrade NI MAX, and a few options you have if NI MAX becomes corrupted. 


Installing or Upgrading NI MAX

To install NI MAX you must download and install a compatible device driver or System Configuration:
  1. Confirm what you need:
    • NI Driver: In order to see most NI devices in MAX, interact with the device, or use its API, you will need to have its associated NI device driver installed. The driver you need will be determined by the hardware you are using.
      1. Check the Hardware Readme, manual, or getting started guide for your device to identify what driver you need.
      2. Confirm that the device, computer operating system, and software are supported by the driver version.
      3. Install the correct driver version from NI Driver Downloads.
    • NI System Configuration: 
      • Confirm compatibility with your Operating system by looking at the Supported OS drop-down on the right of the download page for the version you are installing or the version Readme
  2. Verify you have NI MAX installed on your computer:
    • Search for NI Max on your computer
    • Check for the folder in your C: Drive: C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\MAX\NIMax.exe 
Note: As you install and upgrade other NI software like LabVIEW, or other NI device drivers, your version of NI MAX will be upgraded if the installer contains a higher version. However, higher versions of NI MAX will always support lower versions of your NI device drivers.


Downgrading NI MAX

There is not a way to downgrade NI MAX as it will be upgraded if the NI software installer contains a higher version. Higher versions of NI MAX will always support lower versions of your NI device drivers.

While this is not recommended, to downgrade NI MAX you will need to uninstall many other software packages along with it in NI Package Manager. A permission will need to be granted for all these packages to be uninstalled.  After uninstalling NI MAX and these packages, all the drivers that were removed during the process will then need to be reinstalled manually and the associated NI MAX version will be installed.

Note: NI recommends to keep the drivers updated up to their latest version as long as it is compatible with your hardware, operating system and LabVIEW versions.

Corruption of NI MAX

If you suspect corruption, follow the Upgrade information above or one of the following. Note: If using either of the following options, any information stored in NI MAX will be lost