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IVI Compliance Package
These release notes contain installation and uninstallation instructions,
system requirements, and installed components for the
IVI Compliance Package 3.0.
Note If you are upgrading from IVI software versions earlier than IVI Compliance
Package 2.0, refer to the IVI Compliance Package 2.0 Release Notes for upgrade
information. You can download a copy from the National Instruments Web site at
ni.com/info. Enter the Info Code rdivrn.
The IVI Compliance Package is a software package that contains IVI
class drivers and support libraries necessary for the development and use
of applications that leverage IVI instrument interchangeability. The
IVI Compliance Package also is based on and is compliant with the
latest version of the instrument programming specifications defined
by the IVI Foundation. You can use the IVI class drivers in the
IVI Compliance Package with IVI specific drivers.
IVI class drivers implement functions and attributes for controlling an
instrument within a specified class, as defined by the IVI Foundation.
The IVI Compliance Package provides IVI class drivers for the IviDCPwr,
IviDmm, IviFgen, IviPwrMeter, IviRFSigGen, IviScope, IviSpecAn, and
IVI specific drivers are drivers for the most popular instruments from
all eight currently defined IVI Foundation classes and from the largest
instrument manufacturers including National Instruments, Agilent
Technologies, and Tektronix. You can create IVI specific drivers
yourself, or download them from ni.com/idnet.
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National Instruments recommends that you close all other applications
before you install the IVI Compliance Package.
The following list includes minimum system requirements for the
IVI Compliance Package.
• Windows Vista x86/Vista 64-bit/XP/2000 Service Pack 4
• LabVIEW version 7.1 or later, if you are using LabVIEW
• LabWindows™/CVI™ version 6.0 or later, if you are using
Note IVI Compliance Package 3.0 supports only 32-bit applications on
Windows Vista 64-bit. For more information on using National Instruments products with
Windows Vista, refer to ni.com/vista.
You can get the IVI Compliance Package from various distributions such as
the National Instruments Device Drivers CD Set, the Switch Executive CD,
the Calibration Executive CD, and a stand-alone Web-only distribution.
If you install a product that is dependent on the IVI Compliance Package,
such as Switch Executive, you do not need to install this separate
IVI Compliance Package because it is already included in the product
To install the IVI Compliance Package from the National Instruments
Device Drivers CD Set, insert Disk 1 and follow the installation
steps. When prompted with feature selections, enable the
IVI Compliance Package.
To install the stand-alone, Web-only IVI Compliance Package 3.0 version,
complete the following steps:
1. Download the IVI Compliance Package 3.0 self-extracting archive
from http://www.ni.com/downloads by navigating through the
Drivers and Updates link.
2. Double-click the self-extracting archive to launch the installer.
3. Click OK to begin installation.
4. Follow the directions that appear on the screen.
Note The IVI Compliance Package Web distribution does not install NI-Spy
or Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX). NI-Spy tracks the calls your application
makes to National Instruments test and measurement drivers, such as NI-VXI and
NI-VISA. You can use MAX for IVI configuration support. You can use IVI software
without these components, but you will not have the features these products supply unless
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you install them. If you have installed other National Instruments products, such as the
National Instruments Device Drivers CD Set, you might already have NI-Spy and MAX
Note If you install a National Instruments product that installs MAX after installing
the Web distribution of the IVI Compliance Package, you must reinstall the
IVI Compliance Package to be able to use the updated IVI configuration user
interface in MAX.
Note You must have MAX 4.1 or later installed to use the IVI configuration utility
Depending on the software support you select when you install the
IVI Compliance Package, the installation includes one or more of the
• IVI class drivers
• IVI class driver LabWindows/CVI support
• IVI class driver C++ wrappers for Measurement Studio
(Windows 2000 and XP only)
• IVI class driver wrappers for LabVIEW 7.1, 8.0, and 8.2.1
• IVI class simulation drivers
• IVI class driver examples for LabWindows/CVI, LabVIEW,
and Measurement Studio
• IVI Shared Components, version 1.4.0
• IVI configuration plug-in for MAX 4.1 and later
• Online help
Note The IVI Compliance Package does not install example programs or C++ wrappers
for the following class drivers: IviRFSigGen, IviPwrMeter, and IviSpecAn.
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If you no longer want to use IVI software components, complete the
following steps to uninstall them.
1. Select Start»Settings»Control Panel»Add/Remove Programs.
2. Select National Instruments Software and click Change/Remove.
3. Select IVI Compliance Package 3.0 and click Remove.
Note After you uninstall the IVI Compliance Package, IVI Shared Components remain
on the system. To remove the remaining components, select Start»Settings»Control
Panel»Add or Remove Programs, select IVI Shared Components, and click
Note If you installed the IVI Compliance Package as part of another distribution that
depends on the presence of the IVI Compliance Package, you cannot uninstall the
IVI Compliance Package without uninstalling the dependent product.
LabWindows/CVI Version Support
The IVI Compliance Package (ICP) provides support only for the latest
version of LabWindows/CVI installed on the system. If you install ICP 3.0
with LabWindows/CVI installed and then upgrade to a later version of
LabWindows/CVI, complete the following steps to modify the ICP 3.0
installation to get IVI support for the later version of LabWindows/CVI:
1. Select Start»Settings»Control Panel»Add or Remove Programs.
2. Select National Instruments Software and click Change.
3. Select NI IVI Compliance Package 3.0 and click Modify.
4. For the CVI Support feature under IVI Class Drivers, select Remove
this feature and complete the installation.
5. Repeat steps 1-3.
6. For the CVI Support feature under IVI Class Drivers, select Install
this feature to a local drive and complete the installation.
This process removes IVI class driver support for the previous version of
LabWindows/CVI and adds this support for the later version of