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After March 2020 Update: Power BI Desktop Randomly Freezes

Hi All, 


After the March 2020 update I've found that Power BI desktop randomly freezes, sometimes for a few moments, sometimes indefinately. 


I can't find any strong causes, sometimes it's after I open a new tab in chrome or open a Powerpoint presentation. Other times there doesn't seem to be a cause at all. 


Sometimes I can hit 'ctrl, alt, delete', open the task manager and it will return to normal, other times it just sits there unresponsive until I 'end task' at which point I lose whatever work I've done up to that point. 


I'm not running any particular computational intensive data sets and up until now I haven't had any troubles at all.


Is anyone else experiencing this problem? I'm running Windows 64bit. 






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Same here. That said, I've gone ahead and simply reverted to the Dec. 2019 version, which I was able to download from Microsoft's archive of previous releases (info + download links) here:


Hope that helps! I think we're all hoping to use the latest version of Power BI, just as soon as it's fully stable.


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Funny, thing is I feel like I was running into that more on the February 2020 version than the March 2020 version. Running the March 2020 version seems to have made things better for me!! But, yes, I know what you are talking about it's just that I was experiencing that exact same thing on the February 2020 version.



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Hi Greg, 


Glad I'm not alone. I hope I can get some clarity soon as I'm in the middle of our busiest time of year - all our budgets are due soon and Power BI has been great for presenting and exploring the business' performance actual vs. budget. vs. forecast vs. next year. 




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I think there a few challenges with new releases. I am not keeping more 1-2 pbix open at a time. CPU usage problem does hit me hard. But it is High.

Please refer, if you can see similar issues here or log a support ticket :


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