Installing the FRC Game Tools

The FRC® Game Tools contains the following software components:

  • LabVIEW Update

  • FRC Driver Station

  • FRC Utilities

The LabVIEW runtime components required for the Driver Station and Utilities are included in this package.

Note

No components from the LabVIEW Software for FRC package are required for running either the Driver Station or Utilities.

Requirements

  • Windows 7 or higher (Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11). Windows 10 or 11 are the recommended OS’s.

  • Download the FRC Game Tools from NI.

The Download button for the NI installer with the offline installer link below it.

If you wish to install on other machines offline, click Individual Offline Installers before clicking Download to download the full installer.

Installation

Important

The Game Tools installer may prompt that .NET Framework 4.6.2 needs to be updated or installed. Follow prompts on-screen to complete the installation, including rebooting if requested. Then resume the installation of the FRC Game Tools, restarting the installer if necessary.

Extraction

Run the downloaded executable file to start the install process. Click Yes if a Windows Security prompt appears.

NI Package Manager License

Accepting the License Agreement for NI Package Manager.

If you see this screen, click Next. This screen confirms that you agree to NI Package Manager License agreement.

Disable Windows Fast Startup

Screen for disabling Windows fast startup.

It is recommended to leave this screen as-is, as Windows Fast Startup can cause issues with the NI drivers required to image the roboRIO. Go ahead and click Next.

NI Package Manager Review

Review screen that shows what is about to be installed.

If you see this screen, click Next.

NI Package Manager Installation

Screen with progress bars indicating the amount of completion.

Installation progress of the NI Package Manager will be tracked in this window.

Additional Software

Leave all of the additional packages selected.

If you see this screen, click Next.

License Agreements

Accept the NI software license agreement.

Select I accept… then click Next

Accept the Silverlight license agreements.

Go ahead and press I accept… then click Next, confirming that you agree to the NI License agreement.

Review Summary

Review Summary

Click Next.

Detail Progress

Detail Progress

This screen showcases the installation process, go ahead and press Next when it’s finished.

NI Activation Wizard

The NI user login screen.

Log into your ni.com account. If you don’t have an account, select Create account to create a free account.

Screen for entering your product key.

Enter the serial number. Click Activate.

Note

If this is the first time activating this year’s software on this account, you will see the message shown above about a valid license not being found. You can ignore this.

Screen details the activation success of each package.

If your products activate successfully, an Activation Successful message will appear. If the serial number was incorrect, it will give you a text box and you can re-enter the number and select Try Again. If everything activated successfully, click Next.

Close through this screen asking you to register.

Click Close.

NI Update Service

The update service is not needed.

You will be prompted whether to enable the NI update service. You can choose to not enable the update service.

Warning

It is not recommended to install these updates unless directed by FRC through our usual communication channels (FRC Blog, Team Updates or E-mail Blasts).

Reboot to Complete Installation

Choose reboot to complete the installation.

If prompted, select Reboot Now after closing any open programs.