Power BI is a revolutionary programme that allows high-speed data integration and the creation of a wide variety of reports. This is made possible by automatically pulling data from computers, servers and clouds. So on which hardware can Power BI be installed? Below are the minimum system requirements to install and run the Power BI service report server.

Power BI Desktop and Power BI online – what is it?

Power BI is a programme for data analysis and report design linked to a set of online services, including publishing and sharing.

Within the Power BI application environment, we can distinguish between:

Power BI desktop – a free application that runs on Windows PCs, allowing you to connect to data, build a report and save to file, as well as publish the report to the Power BI Online service.

Power BI online – a report server accessible via a browser and app on mobile devices. It combines the functionality of Power BI Desktop (but without the ability to save the file to a computer) with the ability to share generated reports.

System and hardware requirements for Power BI

Like any software, Power BI also has specific hardware requirements necessary to be installed on a computer. Most commonly, the hardware requirements relate to the supported system, type of processor, sufficient free disk space, amount of RAM and screen resolution.

Below are the system requirements for Power BI – the minimum characteristics of a computer system or hardware necessary to run the programme.

Supported operating systems

The Power BI programme can be installed on any computer with a system listed below:

– Windows Server 2019 Datacenter, Server 2019 Standard, Server 2016 Datacenter, Server 2016 Standard

– Windows 10 Home, 10 Professional, 10 Enterprise

– and Windows 11

Web browser

Microsoft Power BI Desktop requires Internet Explorer 11 or later to function.

Screen resolution

The required screen resolution is at least 1440×900 or 1600×900 (16:9). Lower resolutions are not supported.

Hard drive    

The Power BI service report server requires a minimum of 1 GB of free hard drive space.


The minimum memory for Power BI is specified as 1 GB, with 4 GB recommended.

Processor type        

Installation of the Power BI service report server is only possible on x64 processors.

Processor speed      

Power Bi’s minimum x64 processor speed is specified as 1.4 GHz, recommended as 2.0 GHz or faster.

Detailed information: https://docs.microsoft.com/pl-pl/power-bi/fundamentals/desktop-get-the-desktop

How do I install Power BI?

Power BI can be obtained free of charge – either as an application from the Microsoft Store or as a file to download and install on your computer. However, if the device on which Power BI is to be installed does not meet the above requirements, installation may not be possible.