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Forthcoming MSI retirement

According to it will be sayonara to the MSI version of Desktop this month, after which the package will only be available as an EXE. Ordinarily installing the EXE on a system previously built using the MSI leads to the dreaded side-by-side scenario where neither the old nor the new versions work. Can we assume that the October EXE will have some means to cleanse MSI installations, or will there be special instructions? The Desktop Silent Install thread was instructive but didn't appear to mention this problem.


To explain my handle InstallBot, I have no idea how any of this stuff works - I just install it!

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Hi @InstallBot 

As tested, i can upgrade Power BI Desktop from MSI version to exe version successfully.

  • I download the exe file of the lastest version of Power BI Desktop,
  • Before install Power BI Desktop, I open Task Manager, end task for any Power BI Desktop file.
  • Then double click on the PBIDesktopSetup_x64 to install it, select the correct options step by step,
  • Finally i get a mew version installed.



Sometimes, when facing issue when installing Power BI Desktop, you could follow the suggestions here:


If you happen to any issues, please share the error message here so to find valid solution.


Best Regards


Community Support Team _ Maggie Li
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Thanks, Maggie. I will give that a try when the October version appears, and place a further update on this thread.

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