Why do I Receive Error -17205 When Closing the Sequence Editor?

Updated Jul 10, 2019

Reported In


  • TestStand



Issue Details

When I close the NI TestStand Sequence Editor, I receive Error -17205 and one or more errors indicating that the software had trouble accessing the layout_current.bin or SeqEdit.xml. Why do I receive these errors, and how can I fix them?


These error messages indicate that the configuration files that the NI TestStand Sequence Editor is trying to access are potentially marked as Read-only.  To fix this error:
  1. Close the NI TestStand Sequence Editor.
  2. Navigate to the<Local Disk>\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\National Instruments\<TestStand> folder.
  3. Right-click on the folder and select Properties.
  4. Ensure that the box marked Read-only is unchecked.
  5. Press Apply.
  6. When prompted, choose the option to Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files.

It is now safe to launch and close the NI TestStand Sequence Editor again.