Error "Registration failed" During Activation

Published: 15 Apr 2013
Last Modified Date: 24 Aug 2022


When you try to activate Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, or Tableau Reader, the following error occurs: 

Registration failed.
We were unable to complete registration because the following error occurred: (Unknown Error)


  • Tableau Desktop
  • Tableau Server
  • Tableau Reader


To help resolve this issue, try the following:

Activate Tableau products by running as administrator

Tableau Server

  1. Sign in to the computer running Tableau Server as a local administrator.
  2. Select Start All Programs > Tableau Server > Manage Product Keys, right-click Manage Product Keys, and then select Run as Administrator.
  3. Try to activate again.

Tableau Desktop and Tableau Reader

  1. Close Tableau Desktop or Tableau Reader.
  2. Right-click Tableau Desktop or Tableau Reader on your computer, and then select Run as administrator
  3. Try to activate again.



You do not have permissions to write to system registry. 
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