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How to disable the Power BI welcome window




at every start up of Power BI desktop, I have the full page, welcome / get started page, even if the checkbox "Show this screen on startup" is unchecked.


Any advice?



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Has anyone figured this out?


I have Power BI Desktop (February 2021) installed and every time I start it I get the Welcome screen, even though I'm logged in and "Show this screen on startup" is unchecked.  I saw the same behavior with the January 2021 verison.


Thank you!

Okay, I think I am on to something.


Whenever I start Power BI I seem to be "semi" signed in.


Three places seem to exist that are related to account and "Sing in"/"Sign out" options.


There are two "Sign In"/"Sign out" places: 1) the right side of Power BI window's title bar and 2) furthest down in the File menu.


There are also two places that show the name of the logged in user: 1) the top right side of the "Welcome window" (or Get started window) and 2) the right side of Power BI window's title bar.


The "Welcome window" (or Get started window) always shows my name after I log in once. In other words, whether I restart Power BI Desktop or restart my PC, the Welcome window always remembers me.


But when if any of the two "Sign in"/"Sign out" places show "Sign in" (indicating that I'm signed out) the unchecked "Show this screen on startup" setting is not respected. But after I sign in, and my name is shown in the title bar and the File menu entry shows "Sign out", the unchecked  "Chow this screen on startup" is respected, if and only if, Power BI desktop remembers the signed in state after a restart of Power BI Desktop. However, in my case, it rarely remembers.


Any suggestions anyone?



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Hi, that doesn't work for me.


Even tried a full uninstall, new installation, every single time the welcome screen opens

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Hi @KomTruize ,


I also encountered the same issue before. Even if I uncheched the Show this screen on startup option, the screen still appeared until now...


Yestday ,I tried to check the option ,close Power BI Desktop and open and uncheck again, it seemed work.

But today when I open again ,the welcome screen also appear again...

So I doubt it's a timeliness phenomenon.


Please have a try.


If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.


Best Regards,
Eyelyn Qin

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Super User III

Hi @KomTruize 

Ensure you have the latest update for PBI Desktop.

Also try setting ShowLeadGenDialog = 0 (dword) in the registry hive HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Power BI Desktop and/or in HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Power BI Desktop

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hi Phil,

I was not abble to find anything about Power BI neither in HKEY_USERS, HKEY_CURRENT_USER nor in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE...


Even with search, I tried many combinaisons of word (with space, without...), no trace of Power BI in my windows registry !


And just in case, recent Windows 10 Pro PC, no antivirus, I tried a fresh reinstall of Power BI.

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@KomTruize  I have unchecked the option to show the startup window and then saved the file. When i reopen my powerbi desktop i do not get this startup screen. Please ensure that you save and close your powerbi and then when you open the screen should not appear on starting the powerbi. This option is working for me so should work for you as well. Also ensure that you have the latest version of powerbi install that may also help you.

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