VLM Disconnected License File Showing up as Evaluation

Updated Oct 8, 2018

Reported In


  • Volume License Manager

Operating System

  • Windows


NI License Manager 4.0 

Issue Details

I made a disconnected license in Volume License Manager for my offline computer, but when I try to install it my products are showing up in evaluation mode. 


This is a known issue with NI License Manager 4.0.

Work around: 
  • Hide the evaluation license files
  1. Locate where the license file for the evaluation version for your software is located. See Windows Local National Instruments License Files Storage Location. If you have any issues finding the 'ProgramData' folder, or any other folders, see this Microsoft Support Article: Show hidden files.
  2. Once the evaluation licence file has been located, rename it. This will stop NI License Manager from finding the license file and opening the evaluation version of the software.  
  • Let the evaluation expire. 
    • By letting the evaluation expire, the license will go into activated mode because it will reference the disconnected license. 
Note: This issue have been fixed for NILM 4.2 which you can download from this link

Additional Information

There could be a couple of different reasons for this issue so the following should be checked: 


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