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Power BI is now included with your Office 365 Pro Plus subscription. Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics service that gives you a single view of your most critical business data. Monitor the health of your business using a live dashboard, create rich interactive reports with Power BI Desktop and access your data on the go with native Power BI Mobile apps. It’s easy, fast, and free.

Using Power BI Web-based Client

Please use the following steps to use Power BI in your browser of choice.

1 - Open a Browser and Locate the Sign On page

Visit the PowerBI getting started page and click Sign in.

Power Bi login page

2 - Sign on Using your SU Email Account Credentials

Log in with your Office 365 ProPlus eligible account.

  PowerBi credential login

Can't Log In?

If you get the error message below, ensure that you are logging in with your Office 365 ProPlus eligible account. To ensure your account is active please change your NetID password on the NetID self-service page. This will activate your account for Power BI access in the event it was not previously active. Once your password is changed your account should be active at your next login.

 

PowerBi credential error

If you still cannot log in following your password change, contact the ITS Help Desk by emailing help@syr.edu, by phone at 315-443-2677, or by stopping into 1-227 CST.

Downloading and Installing Power BI Desktop for Windows

Please use the following steps to download and install your copy of Power BI desktop. Note that you may need your Windows administrator password to install this software.

1 - Open a Browser and Locate the Download Page

Visit the PowerBI download page in your desired browser and click Download.

PowerBi version selection screen

2 - Enter a Valid Email Address and Download the Installer

Enter your syr.edu email address and click Get started.

PowerBi email validation screen

The installation file will now download to your default download location.

3 - Locate the Windows Installer File

In most cases the file will download to your browser's download location.

Browser download location screen

If you can not locate it within your browser, simply open your computer's downloads location viewable in your File Explorer (or My Computer in older Windows versions).

sample explorer window

After locating the file double click to run the Windows installation.

4 - Proceed Through the Setup Wizard

On the initial window, click Next to proceed.

PowerBi installer window

The next window requires you read the Microsoft software license terms. Check the box and click Next to proceed.

PowerBi license screen

Next, you'll need to determine the installation location. Once determined click Next to proceed.

PowerBi install location screen

Determine if you'd like a desktop shortcut. Click Install to proceed. Note that you will need your computer's administrator password if you are not currently logged into an administrator account.

PowerBi install complete screen

Congratulations! You've successfully installed Power BI Desktop.