Installing the FRC Game Tools¶
The FRC® Game Tools contains the following software components:
FRC Driver Station
The LabVIEW runtime components required for the Driver Station and Utilities are included in this package.
No components from the LabVIEW Software for FRC package are required for running either the Driver Station or Utilities.
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.
If you wish to install on other machines offline, click Individual Offline Installers before clicking Download to download the full installer.
Uninstall Old Versions (Recommended)¶
LabVIEW teams have already completed this step, do not repeat it. LabVIEW teams should skip to the Installation section.
Before installing the new version of the FRC Game Tools it is recommended to remove any old versions. The new version will likely co-exist with the old version (note that the DS will overwrite old versions), but all testing has been done with FRC 2021 only. Then click Start >> Add or Remove Programs. Locate the entry labeled “National Instruments Software”, and select Uninstall.
It is only necessary to uninstall previous versions when installing a new year’s tools. For example, uninstall the 2020 tools before installing the 2021 tools. It is not necessary to uninstall before upgrading to a new update of the 2021 game tools.
Select Components to Uninstall¶
In the dialog box that appears, select all entries. The easiest way to do this is to de-select the Products Only check-box and select the check-box to the left of “Name”. Click Remove. Wait for the uninstaller to complete and reboot if prompted.
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.
Run the downloaded executable file to start the install process. Click Yes if a Windows Security prompt appears.
Right click on the downloaded iso file and select mount. Run
install.exe from the mounted iso. Click Yes if a Windows Security prompt appears.
Other installed programs may associate with iso files and the mount option may not appear. If that software does not give the option to mount or extract the iso file, then follow the directions in the “Offline Installer (Windows 7, 8, & 8.1)” tab.
Install 7-Zip (download here). As of the writing of this document, the current released version is 19.00 (2019-02-21). Right click on the downloaded iso file and select Extract to.
install.exe from the extracted folder. Click Yes if a Windows Security prompt appears.
NI Package Manager License¶
If you see this screen, click Next. This screen confirms that you agree to NI Package Manager License agreement.
Disable 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¶
If you see this screen, click Next.
NI Package Manager Installation¶
Installation progress of the NI Package Manager will be tracked in this window.
If you see this screen, click Next.
Select I accept… then click Next
Go ahead and press I accept… then click Next, confirming that you agree to the NI License agreement.
This screen showcases the installation process, go ahead and press Next when it’s finished.
NI Activation Wizard¶
Log into your ni.com account. If you don’t have an account, select Create account to create a free account.
Enter the serial number. Click Activate.
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.
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.
NI Update Service¶
You will be prompted whether to enable the NI update service. You can choose to not enable the update service.
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¶
If prompted, select Reboot Now after closing any open programs.