Excel 2013 – Trouble Installing Silverlight for Power View

Last week during my 24 Hours of PASS session on Choosing a Reporting Platform I fielded a question that appeared multiple times during the Q&A so I thought it would be worth post.

When using Power View in Excel 2013 the first thing you may notice is a screen like the below screenshot prompting you to download and install Silverlight.

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The question that many people in the session had was no matter how many times they installed Silverlight they couldn’t make it past this screen prompting to install Silverlight.

Turns out this is an easy fix.  Just make sure when you download and install Silverlight that it is done from Internet Explorer.  Many people use other web browsers these days but remember you’re working in a Microsoft tool and it would only make sense that you would download Silverlight using IE.  After installing using Internet Explorer hit the Reload button and you should be good to go!

24 Hours of PASS

Tomorrow Brian Knight and I will kick off 24 hours of PASS with a session on Choosing a Microsoft Reporting Platform.  I hope you’re able to join use and indulge in the all day learnathon that PASS is putting on with great list of amazing speakers.

If you’ve never attended 24 hours of PASS I encourage you to check out as many sessions as possible!

From the PASS website:

24 Back-to-back Hours of Free SQL Server Training!
Get your learning on – indulge in free online SQL Server training with the upcoming 24 Hours of PASS Summit Preview event on September 20, 2012. Join SQL Server experts as they take to the virtual stage with in-depth sessions on the hottest SQL Server topics over 24 consecutive (and free!) technical webcasts. No matter where you are in the world, you’ll gain access to best SQL Server training, delivered to your computer.

Browse the sessions by schedule or track and register today, it’s free.

This 24 Hours of PASS event gives you a glimpse at the unmatched technical content PASS Summit 2012 has to offer across 190+ technical sessions, pre-conference seminars, and invaluable networking opportunities. Find out why you should attend and justify your attendance today. You won’t want to miss PASS Summit 2012 in Seattle, WA, Nov. 6-9.

Why do you attend sessions?

Many of you have attended sessions by technical speakers at conferences and mini-conferences like SQL Saturday, SQL Rally, 24 Hours of PASS, PASS Summit and many other non-PASS affiliated conference.

You all have different reasons for attending a particular session so I thought it would be interesting to take a poll on what your number one reason for attending a session is. Obviously, you may at times use all of these reasons but i’m curious what your top reason for choosing to attend a session is. Feel free to leave a comment if it appears I’ve left off (I didn’t want a 15 option poll) a big reason for you. I’ll reveal the results next month!

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