Giving Non-Administrator Users Full Control over National Instruments Products

Updated Apr 20, 2018

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Software

  • LabVIEW
  • DAQExpress
  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Issue Details

  • I want to be able to allow people logged in as Users to have administrative privileges over National Instruments software and hardware
  • I don't want to give them administrative privileges to the entire system.
  • I want to know what issues could arise if users do not have admin privileges
  • I want to know what LabVIEW operations require admin privileges.
  • I want to know what files I can modify without admin privileges.

Solution

For Windows 7 and Windows 10 users, follow these steps: 
  1. Navigate to the <Program Files> directory.
  2. Right-click on the National Instruments folder and select Properties.
  3. Switch to the Security tab.
  4. Click Edit....
  5. Select the Group Users.
  6. Under Permissions for Users, place a checkmark in the "Allow" box for Full Control.
  7. Click Apply.
  8. (If using a 64-bit OS) Repeat Steps 2-6 for the <Program Files (x86)> directory
For Windows XP users, follow these steps: 
  1. Navigate to the <Program Files> directory.
  2. Right-click on the National Instruments folder and select Properties.
  3. Switch to the Security tab.
  4. Select the Group Users.
  5. Under Permissions for Users, place a checkmark in the "Allow" box for Full Control.
  6. Click Apply.

Additional Information

This can be helpful as the lack of administrative privileges in Windows may result in certain National Instruments software features becoming unusable, which may include: 
  • Not being able to access Test Panels in Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)
  • Not finding GPIB Instruments when using the Scan for Instruments functionality in MAX
  • No folders under "My System" in MAX
  • Not being able to use the DAQ Assistant
It may take a few moments for this change because Windows is changing the users' security settings for all National Instruments software. Once finished, any user logged in should have full access to all National Instruments products on the computer without changing other user privileges.

Without admin privileges problems could occur if you need to upgrade any of the software or drivers you are using or have to do a force re-install for fixing corrupted files. However, once a software, drivers, etc. are running admin rights rarely come into effect. 

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