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Start using PowerBI Desktop. This post will walk you through the detailed steps of downloading and installing the Microsoft PowerBI Desktop on windows.

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In this article, we will guide you on how to download and install Microsoft Power BI Desktop in Windows OS in simple & easy steps. 

Before we are proceeding to download the Power BI desktop, you must be aware of the following system requirements.

The following are the minimum requirements for installing Power BI Desktop:

  • Microsoft Power BI Desktop supports - Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Supports both 64-bit(x64) and 32-bit(x86) platforms.
  • Requires Internet Explorer10 or a new version of IE(Internet Explorer).
  • Requires .Net Framework 4.5.
  • Our CPU must have at least 1 gigahertz(GHz) speed.
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power bi desktop download and installation

Well, let's discuss downloading Power BI desktop in detail.

How to Download Power BI Desktop - Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1. To download the Power BI Desktop application, first, go to the Official Power BI Website. The following image shows you a download page from the official website and also the Download or Language Options. 


Power BI  Desktop Download Official Page

Note: Once you click the Download or Language Options, you will notice the following dropdown box.


Power BI Desktop Download  Language Drop down Box

Step 2. Next, you can select any one of the languages as per your need in the dropdown box.


Power BI Desktop Download Language Selection

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Step 3. Once a language is selected, it will dynamically change the content to that language. Please click the Download button.

PowerBI Desktop Download Page

Note: The download button offers you to choose a downloadable OS file either 32Bit or 64Bit ( depending upon your system architecture).

Power BI  Desktop Downloadable Checklist


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Step 4. The Next button will be enabled once you select either of the FileNames. Now, Click the Next button to download it on your device.

Power BI Desktop Download CheckList


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Step 5. Once you open the downloaded file on your system, you will notice the following dialog box.

Power BI Desktop Download Advancement Dialog Box

Note: Once you click the Next button, you will be asked to click the Next button to continue or the Cancel button to exit in the dialog box.

Installation Dialog Box Of Power BI Desktop

Step 6. The license agreement dialog box is displayed. Accept the Agreement by clicking the checkbox, then the Next button will be enabled Click on it.

License Agreement of Power BI Desktop Download

Step 7. Click the Next button to open the Destination folder. The folder allows you to either leave the default C location or use the Change button to alter your desired location for installing Power BI Desktop Application in your device.

Destination Folder of Power BI Desktop

Step 8. Please, click the Next button to give you the following alternatives. 

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Note: Are you ready to Install? If, yes click the Install button (or) Do you want to review or change any of the installation settings? If yes, click Back Button. Next, click the Install button for installation. 

Power BI Desktop Download Installation

Note: Please, wait until the installation is finished.

Power BI Download Installation Status

Note: Click the Finish button to initialize the process.

Power BI Desktop Download Finishing Dialog Box

Step 9. Please, Wait for a few seconds to start Power BI Desktop.

Power BI Desktop Download  Initializing

Step 10. Here you can see the installed Power BI Desktop Page. Let me Close the start page.

Power BI Download Download Start Page

  • That’s it. Power BI Desktop is now ready for analytics or report development! From there, you can begin creating data models or interactive reports.
  • When Power BI is installed, it generates a welcome screen.
  • This screen is used to launch different options related to getting data, enriching the existing data models, creating reports as well as publishing and sharing reports.

Power BI Desktop Download Home Screen

So, this was all about installing a Microsoft product Power BI Desktop. Hope you like our explanation.


Final words

Hence, in this guide, we saw how easy it is to install the Power BI Desktop on your computer. It does not take more than 5 minutes in the best case.

Still, If you have any confusion, drop a query on the below comment tab. Got any questions? Leave a comment below and we will get back to you

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