How to Update Multisim Database

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How to Update Multisim Database
Updating the Mulisim database gives you the latest circuitry schematics. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Many electronics teachers use Multisim to teach their students about circuitry. This program includes the schematics to thousands of real-life circuits, giving instructors a near-endless supply of examples from which to draw. As new circuits develop, though, an older copy of Multisim can become outdated. Luckily, National Instruments offers a free file to update the database with all of the latest circuit schematics.

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Things you need

  • ZIP archive program

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  1. 1

    Download the "" file from the link in Resources below.

  2. 2

    Unzip the file. To do so, you will need a ZIP archive program like WinZip.

  3. 3

    Save the file titled "NI_Hardware_DB.prz" to your computer. You can do this by dragging and dropping it somewhere from the ZIP program.

  4. 4

    Open Multisim.

  5. 5

    Double-click the "NI_Hardware_DB.prz" you saved in Step 3.

  6. 6

    Select "User Database" under "Target Database" in the Multisim window that pops up.

  7. 7

    Click "Start."

  8. 8

    Wait for the update to complete. When it does, click "Close."

  9. 9

    Restart Multisim.

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