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cmeu
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Target pbix file to previous version

Where I work, due to network policies outside of our control, some users do not receive automatic updates to the most current version of the desktop software for several months after it is released. Downloads from the store are blocked, and users are not able to install the application themselves.

 

I have a report which was developed using the most recent release, and a requirement to have another developer modify the report. They are on the old version and are unable to open the file because the version numbers do not match.

 

How can I save the pbix file and target a previous release version? Alternatively, is there some way to modify the underlying data to enable opening in previous versions? This is a frequent pain point for us..

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parry2k
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@cmeu not sure if there is any solution for this until someone did some hacking with pbix which will not be recommended.



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Clinical_Epi
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Its a shame there istn a fix for this as when using the Power BI Report Server version of the pbi desktop software (which on the surface appear the same) users find they they built one in the wrong version - cant upload to the server and find that they then cant open it in the correct "Desktop " version for Power Bi Report Server...

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HI @cmeu ,

Normally you can open the latest pbix file on not too old version desktop client, they can be compatible with the new version pbix file. (power bi will shows notice of some feature not available on old version, pbix file still can be opened)
If they are any preview/latest features or visuals existed in pbix(major update on features or visuals), they can only open on the latest version. (old version will show the notice and closed automatically)

I'd like to suggest you try to make a template file and send it to your users.

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parry2k
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@cmeu not sure if there is any solution for this until someone did some hacking with pbix which will not be recommended.



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Hi @cmeu ,

 

check this out.

 

https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Desktop/Supporting-older-versions-of-Power-BI-Desktop/td-p/343667

 

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Unfortunately no, that doesn't solve it.

 

We get the error message when we open the file in the older client version. Installing the upgrade would certainly solve it, but we aren't able to do that in our managed environment. The requirement is to modify that PBIX file, so publishing to the service won't help, either. 

 

What I am looking for is a way to convert (downgrade) the file, Save it As a prior version (compatibility mode??), or modify the file in some way so that the version check won't prevent the file from being loaded with the error.

 

Thanks!

Did you get a solution to this ?  I have a similar situation now. I created a report in August version but everyone is having May version. They cannot see my report. Im afraid to unistall the latest version as i might lose the data.  Please advise

Nothing satisfying - the only real answer is that everyone needs to keep upgrading continuously to ensure compatibility 

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