No Operation To Be Performed in NI Package Manager

Updated Feb 4, 2021

Reported In


  • Package Manager

Operating System

  • Windows

Issue Details

  • When I try to install NI software through NI Package Manager I get an error with the following message:
No operation to be performed.
  • I removed all NI software from my system and I am now trying to install NI Package Manager using the executable downloaded from When I run the setup file I get the following error:

Package is already installed. No operation will be performed.

How can I resolve this so I can install the software correctly?


This error can be resolved by following the below troubleshooting steps:

1 - This error can occur if the software is already installed on the system. It is possible to verify if it is already installed by:
  • Searching for the software application on the PC and being able to open it successfully. 
  • Following the steps in the Determine the Version of the NI Software Installed article to verify the software is installed via NI Measurement & Automation Explorer or the Windows Control Panel.
2 - If the software cannot be found by following the steps above and the error persists, your software un-installation might not have occured properly.
  • If the error message is related to the installation of NI Package Manager:
    1. Delete the NI Package Manager folder from the directories:
      1. C:\ProgramData\National Instruments\NI Package Manager 
      2. C:\Program Files\National Instruments\NI Package Manager
      3. C:\Program Files(x86)\National Instruments\NI Package Manager
    2. Once the folders have been deleted, try reinstalling NI Package Manager through the setup file. After that the software installation should proceed without errors.
  • In case the error message is related to software installed through NI Package Manager:
  1. Check if the software appears on the INSTALLED tab in NI Package Manager.
  2.  If it does, uninstall and then reinstall it
In case the un-installation and re-installation of the software does not solve the issue, there might be a corrupted file on the Windows registry and a Windows (OS) re-install may be needed.