Recently I had a conversation with one of our excellent beta testers and I want to make sure that everyone was clear about running PowerPivot on Windows 7.
Windows 7 is only supported for PowerPivot for Excel; Windows 7 is not a supported OS for PowerPivot for SharePoint
Several months ago we purposely made the decision to not support Windows 7 on the server. If you do try it, then good for you (I like adventures too) but you are totally on your own. Please don’t post any server-side question to the forums and other support channels. We cannot be asking “oh, is this running under Windows 7” with every bug report. We don’t support Windows 7; we haven’t tested under it; and we don’t even do adhoc “oh, I wonder what will happen here”. We don’t know where or if Windows 7 breaks anything. The SharePoint story with Windows 7 is pretty clear. They provide guidance on a “standalone”, non-production SharePoint installation. The problem is that PowerPivot requires a “Farm” and “Complete” installation of SharePoint Server. So we don’t believe that we have adequate test coverage to support an edge configuration for SharePoint. PowerPivot for SharePoint requires a server OS, i.e. either Win2K8 SP2 or Win2K8 R2.
For the client, we have a totally different story. Windows 7 is a supported (and the preferred) platform for Office, Excel and PowerPivot for Excel.
I appreciate that this is an issue with some folks. And I understand where you are coming from, but we cannot help it. Windows 7 is an unsupported platform for the PowerPivot server components.
Obviously if you have gone down this path, we’d love to hear about it. If you have the spare bandwidth, feel free to play, and report back – but we cannot support you.
Clear? Enough said. (And now we return you to your regularly scheduled programming)