How do I get an older version of Power BI Desktop?

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When you often work in different IT environments, you can easily reach the point where a customer is working with a different Power BI desktop version than the latest one. As a developer this can become a problem, because the PBIX files are generally not backward compatible to older Power BI versions. As a result, the completed work may not even be accessible to the customer.

Why the download from the Power BI Blog does not work

In the past I used to google for the wanted release article in the Power BI Blog and then download the file there. Unfortunately, this approach no longer works, as the links now all point to the latest release. This may be good for end users, but as soon as you need a specific version, it is a disadvantage.

The solution the update archive

Fortunately, there is a solution after all. Microsoft provides at the following link an archive of all releases, including updates, a video about the update and the corresponding setup files since the release in 2015.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/fundamentals/desktop-latest-update-archive

So it’s better to save the link as a favorite if you have to change the Power BI desktop version from time to time.

The different versions are listed directly on the right side of the update archive:

Microsoft Power BI Update Archiv

Denis Selimovic

Denis Selimovic

As a user from the very beginning, Denis Selimovic is passionate about Power BI and everything related to it. In his blog WhatTheFact.bi, he writes about the latest developments in Power BI and provides tips and tricks on the subject. Besides being a Power BI enthusiast, blog author, speaker and senior consultant, he is also co-organizer of the Meetup Power BI User Group Switzerland.

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Rich Stephens
Rich Stephens
3 months ago

Yeah, that's useless. It has all the INFORMATION about older versions, but no download links.

Peter
Peter
3 months ago

If you scroll down one more version you will understand what Rich is saying.

Rich Stephens
Rich Stephens
3 months ago

Denis,

That's helpful if you need a version September 2020 or later, but if you notice, none of the versions BEFORE that have download links.

The September 2020 version locked in the "Enhanced Metadata" feature, which is incompatible with Dynamics 365. (https://fix.lcs.dynamics.com/Issue/Details?bugId=482564&dbType=3&qc=fb519ad5018dd8d206badcba5c54558eb866803a1a39f34f2173c443ae53cce4)

The only way to update or create PowerBI reports for D365 for Operations now is to use a version PRIOR to September 2020 and turn off "Enhanced Metadata" in the optional features.

Any ideas on how to get ahold of the August 2020 version of PowerBI Desktop?

Rich Stephens
Rich Stephens
3 months ago

Denis,

I contacted you via your about page on this website.

Thanks,
Rich

Bareddy
Bareddy
3 months ago

hello denis where do i get MAY2020 version pbi file. Could you please help me out on this. I'm not able to get the link for MAY2020

Gene Kittridge
Gene Kittridge
1 month ago

Hi Denis, did you end up having a backup May 2020 power BI desktop file? I'm looking for this as well

Edryk Marques
Edryk Marques
2 months ago

Hey Denis, do you have the Jan 2020 version? Could you help me? Thanks

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