Control Software: LabView runs on Microsoft Vista

National Instruments (NI) released a new version of LabView for use with Microsoft Windows Vista.


Austin, TX National Instruments (NI) released a new version of LabView for use with Microsoft Windows Vista . new release , NIXI embedded controllers with Windows Vista pre-installed as the default operating system.

As a scheduled maintenance release, LabView 8.2.1 includes bug fixes for improved performance and reliability. In addition to Windows Vista, the software continues to support Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 2000, as well as Mac OS X and Linux. Current NI Standard Service Program (SSP) members can download the new release through the NI Services Resource Center .

One important aspect of Windows Vista that impacts engineers and scientists is an increased focus on security, resulting in a new user privilege model known as User Account Control (UAC). UAC is designed to prevent viruses and other malware from gaining control of a PC. Engineers and scientists building mission-critical systems or controlling production lines and manufacturing test systems benefit from this new emphasis on security.

A second key aspect of the Windows Vista release is the availability of both 32-bit and 64-bit editions, which engineers and scientists can install depending on their computer processors. While the new LabView release and other 32-bit application software packages function normally on the 64-bit version of Windows Vista through Microsoft compatibility technology, this version of Windows requires 64-bit hardware drivers. NI is providing updates to existing 32-bit drivers to support Windows Vista and new 64-bit hardware drivers for Windows Vista x64 Edition, the 64-bit version of Windows Vista.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
C.G. Masi , senior editor

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