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The issue is that R is installed under Program Files by default, which is write-protected. Install R into another folder such as C:\R\R-3.1.3 and the problem goes away when you set it as the R path in QGIS. The solution is described here: http://wiki.awf.forst.uni-goettingen.de/wiki/index.php/R_installation This worked running QGIS 2.8.1 Wien on Windows 7 ...
You need to change the R folder path to something like this: C:\Program Files\R\R-3.1.3\ instead of pointing to the bin folder. I just checked it on QGIS 2.8.1 and it works. Cheers.
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