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.


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). Windows 10 is the recommended OS.

  • 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.



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.


Run 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.

Additional Software


If you see this screen, click Next.

License Agreements


Select I accept… then click Next


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


Log into your 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.


Click Close.

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.