SOLIDWORKS PDM Failed to Create Local View Registry Error

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated March 19, 2021


This article is geared towards troubleshooting a particular error when creating a SOLIDWORKS PDM Local View. The steps outlined in this article can be applied to other scenarios, where creating a Local View has failed.

Failed to Create Local View

For this particular scenario, examining the PDM User Log, after the view setup fails, reveals an entry that states:

“Could not find server port for vault ‘Vault Name’ in the registry – Could not find vital registry information for this view. You might have to attach to this vault again to repair the registry.”

Accessing the PDM User Log

What is the cause of this PDM error?

This message indicates that during the Local View creation process, some information failed to write to an area of Windows called the Windows Registry. If a Windows user lacks sufficient permissions, SOLIDWORKS PDM may not be able to write to the Registry. Logging into that computer as the local system administrator can allow the creation of the Local View.

In some cases, there can be errors in the Registry that will prevent the creation of the Local View, even when logged into Windows as an administrator.

Resolving the error

In these cases, repairing the PDM installation should be the next step. If a repair fails to allow the creation of the Local View, then it may be necessary to manually delete the remnants of a previous Local View first. With these remnants deleted, you should now be able to create a new Local View.

For the message highlighted in this article, you will likely need to delete the remnants of a previous Local View first.

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.