"Error 1303" Installing Tableau Desktop

Published: 16 Apr 2014
Last Modified Date: 15 Apr 2016


When you try to install Tableau Desktop, the following error might occur:
Error 1303. The installer has insufficient privileges to access this directory: <Path to Tableau Desktop bin folder>. The installation cannot continue. Log on as administrator or contact your system administrator.


  • Tableau Desktop
  • Windows operating system


This error is generated by the Windows operating system and not by Tableau Desktop. For more information, see You receive an "Error 1303. The installer has insufficient privileges to access this directory" error message when you run Office 2000 Setup in Microsoft Support and Error 1303 - Account with 'full administrator' rights in the Microsoft Community.

One of the following troubleshooting steps might also resolve the issue:

  • To install Tableau Desktop, right-click on the installer file, and then select Run as administrator.
  • Restart the computer running Tableau Desktop, and then retry the installation.
  • Contact your network administrator or IT team to adjust permission settings as necessary.
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