National Instruments Multisim is an industry standard circuit design and analysis program. Because of its ease-of-use and prevalence in the industry, many higher education institutions teach it to their students. Of course, the first step to using your software is to install it. We’ve been getting some questions about this from our customers, so we put together this post to help make the process easier. Please be aware that Multisim does not run on Mac. This program is specifically for the PC.
Downloading your Multisim Software
Let’s get started:
- First, go to this link: http://www.ni.com/download/ni-circuit-design-suite-educational-edition-14.1/6510/en/
- When the website opens, click the “I am a current user of NI Circuit Design Suite Educational Edition” option, as shown here:
- If you are not already signed into an NI account, you will be asked to create an NI account. Fill out the information that’s asked of you and click “Create Account”.
- Once your account is created and you’re signed in, you will be brought back to the download page.
Choose the same link again, as seen here:
- Now the download will begin. Wait for it to finish downloading.
Installing your Multisim Software
- Once it’s done downloading, go to your Downloads folder and find the NI_Circuit_Design_Suite_14_1_Education file. Right-click this file and choose “Run as Administrator”, as seen here:
- A window will come up asking you to extract files, click “OK” on this window:
- On the next window that opens, leave everything default and click “Unzip”:
- Let the files process. This could take a few minutes.
- When the files are done processing, a window will say “560 files unzipped successfully”. Click OK on this window:
- Now, the installer will automatically open.
- On the installer window, click “Next”:
- On the next window, fill out your name and organization. Choose the option for “Install the product using the following serial Number” and put in your serial #. If you do not have your serial #, you can choose the “Install this product for evaluation” option and put in the serial # later, during the activation process.
- On the next window, leave everything default and click “Next”
- On the Feature’s section, left click the dropdown next to NI ELVISmx, and choose “Do not install NI ELVISmx”, then click “Next”, as seen here:
- On the proceeding window, leave the check box checked and click next:
- The installer will search for updates. As of this writing (9/11/2017), there are no updates listed. The next window will tell you no updates have been found. Click “Next”.
- On the license agreement window, accept the above 2 agreements and click “Next”:
- Then you will be asked if you want to disable Windows fast startup. Uncheck this option and choose “Next”:
- Now, your installation will begin. This process could take several minutes to several hours depending on your computer.
- Once the installation is complete, you need to activate the product.
To activate your Multisim product, follow these instructions (NOTE: you must be connected to the internet to activate):
- Go to your start menu and type “NI License Manager”. Open the app called NI License Manager.
- Once the license manager is open, click the “Local Licenses” option.
- Go to the Multisim 14.1 hierarchy and right-click the “Student Edition” node and choose “Activate”:
- You can do the same thing for Ultiboard 14.1, which is listed just below Multisim 14.1 in the license manager.
- You will be asked for your serial #.
- If you have a physical copy of the software, you will find your serial # on the sticker that is stuck to the DVD sleeve.
- If you purchased a download from Studica, you can find your serial # at https://www.studica.com/customer/account. You will be asked to log in to your Studica account. Go ahead and do so.
- Once you’re logged in, click the “My Downloads” option at the top of the page:
- On the My Downloads site, you will see your product listed along with a serial #. Copy that serial #.
- Once the serial # is put into the Serial # box in the license manager, click the “Activate” button.
- You will be asked to login to your NI account. Go ahead and login to your NI account. If you do not have an NI account, you can create one here.
- Once you’re logged in, the activation process should proceed and complete successfully.
Opening Multisim & Creating Desktop Icon
On newer version of Windows, Multisim does not create a desktop icon. If you run into this issue, you can follow these instructions to pin Multisim to your taskbar and create a desktop shortcut:
- Go to your start menu and type “Multisim”
- Right-click the “Multisim 14.1” application and choose “Pin to Taskbar”.
- Once this is done, you’ll see the Multisim icon on your taskbar across the bottom of your screen.
To create a desktop shortcut, follow these instructions:
- Open windows explorer and navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\Circuit Design Suite 14.1
- Find the file called “multisim”
- Right-click this file and choose Send To → Desktop
You should now have the Multisim icon on your desktop.
That’s all there is to it. Your software should be installed and activated now. Of course, unforeseen errors can sometimes occur. If you run into installation issues and you can’t seem to figure out what’s wrong, customers can contact Studica for help. Fill out the form and we’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible. Good luck!
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