LabVIEW File Permission Error When Opening VI or Using Function

Updated May 26, 2023

Reported In


  • LabVIEW

Issue Details

  • My LabVIEW project or VI cannot be opened by another Windows user.
  • When trying to open a previously created VI or when using a function from the functions palette in a new VI (e.g. Simple Error Handler VI, One button dialog), I receive the following error:

LabVIEW: File Permission error.  You do not have the correct permissions for the file.  You do not have permission to read the file 'xxxx .vi'


You can solve this issue in the following possible ways:
  • Run LabVIEW as an administrator, and then open the VI.
  • If you are receiving this error when opening a previously created VI, you have an issue related to Windows file permissions.  After logging into the computer as an admin, copy the file to a new path. This should remove any file permissions on the file and allow you to open it.
  • If you are receiving this error when trying to use a function from the Functions Palette, you have an issue related to LabVIEW installation. To repair this, reinstall LabVIEW.