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Connect to Power BI Desktop with personnal e-mail


I installed Power BI on my personal computer.

However, it is not possible to access Power BI Desktop using its personal hotmail address.

I will soon leave my company and I want to continue testing the tool for my future client, which is why I really want to access it with my personal address.

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You can use Power BI Desktop regardless, whether you have a valid business user account, or not.


To achieve this, open Power BI Desktop, click on "I already have an user account" and afterwards close the windows by clicking on the close button. Afterwards you can use Power BI Desktop.

I know it's a bit nasty to do this everytime, but that's how I tend to do it. 


If there are other solutions, I'm glad to hear about them.

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