Microsoft Power Pivot – Introduction and Installation

Microsoft Power Pivot – Introduction and Installation

Microsoft PowerPivot for Microsoft Excel 2010 provides ground-breaking technology; fast manipulation of large data sets, streamlined integration of data, and the ability to effortlessly share your analysis through Microsoft SharePoint.
Please make sure that Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 Power Pivot is installed in your computer.

If you have Power Pivot installed in your computer, you would see “Power Pivot” tab once you open any excel spreadsheet.
If you are sure that Power Pivot is installed but you still don’t see the “Power Pivot” tab then use file options to enable it.
Go to File à Options

Then go to “Add Ins”. Select “COM Add-Ins” under Manage drop down and click on “Go”
Ensure Power Pivot is selected as shown below. Click on OK.
In order to check the version of Power Pivot installed – open any Excel spreadsheet and click on “Settings” button under “PowerPivot” tab.
You will see version listed as below. The current version is “11.0.3000.0”. If yours is anything lesser, then it is recommended to install the latest one.
Go to and download appropriate file. If you have 32-bit of Office installed then download one with x86. If you have 64-bit of Office installed then download x64 file.
To check which version of Office is installed in your computer, open any Office application (Word, Excel, Power Point etc…) and go to File àHelp. You will see the version listed as below.
Once you click on the download link (, you will be prompted to choose the file to be downloaded.

It is recommended to first UNINSTALL the existing Power Pivot before you INSTALL the new one. So while the file is being downloaded, Go to Start àControl Panel àand click on “Program and Features”. Check if you have “Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Power Pivot for Excel 32-bit (or 64-bit)” installed.
If you see any version of Power Pivot installed. Right click and click on “Uninstall”.
Now after the download of relevant file (x86 or x64 Power Pivot) is complete, locate the exc file downloaded and double click on it.
Click on “Run” when prompted.
Click on “Next”
Go through the wizard to install Power Pivot.
TIP: During your work if you feel like PowerPivot is responding slowly, one way to reset is to Go to file option à Add Ins and uncheck Power Pivot option and then go back and check it again.
TIP: If above tweak doesn’t work efficiently, then you might try to uninstall and install Power Pivot again.

There are a few tutorial and videos at help you learn and quick start with Power Pivot solutions.

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