Prerequisites and limitations
This article presents all the prerequisites and limitations you should consider before installing and using Power Automate on your desktop.
- Selenium IDE is deprecated and will no longer work after February 28th, 2023.
- Windows recorder (V1) is deprecated and no longer works.
- Migrate your flows created with these solutions to Power Automate for desktop or delete them.
An account with administrator privileges to install Power Automate using the MSI installer
- If you install it from the Microsoft Store, a standard Windows account is acceptable.
An account to sign in to Power Automate
A device with the following hardware (these requirements don't include the resources required for the applications involved in your desktop flows):
The following hardware requirements apply only to single-user sessions with Power Automate for desktop open.
- Processor: 1.00 GHz or faster with two or more cores. For unattended mode, four or more cores are needed.
- Storage: 1 GB
- RAM: 2 GB
- Processor: 1.60 GHz or faster with two or more cores. For unattended mode, four or more cores are needed.
- Storage: 2 GB
- RAM: 4 GB
- GPU acceleration
- .NET Framework 4.7.2 or later
A device that runs Windows 10 (Home, Pro, Enterprise), Windows 11 (Home, Pro, Enterprise), Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019, or Windows Server 2022 (devices with ARM processors aren't supported)
If your device runs Windows 10 Home or Windows 11 Home, you can use Power Automate to create desktop flows and monitor them on the Power Automate portal. However, you can't trigger desktop flows from the cloud and run other types of desktop flows (Windows recorder V1 and Selenium IDE).
Activity Description Windows Home Windows Enterprise/Pro/Server Authoring Create with Power Automate for desktop Yes Yes Authoring Create with Selenium IDE No Yes Runtime Local runtime (attended) Yes Yes Runtime Cloud runtime (attended/unattended) No Yes Monitoring Manage desktop flows Yes Yes Monitoring View run logs Yes Yes
Access as described in IP Address configuration
A browser: Microsoft Edge (version 80 or later), Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox
An environment with a Microsoft Dataverse database (applicable only for work or school accounts)
A supported keyboard attached
An active connection to the Internet
Power Automate for desktop uses the display language selected in Windows. Learn how to manage display language settings in Windows.
The following table shows all the languages that Power Automate for desktop supports in addition to English.
|A - E||F - J||K - Q||R - T||U - Z|
|Catalan||Galician||Latvian||Serbian (Cyrillic, Serbia)|
|Chinese (Simplified)||German||Lithuanian||Serbian (Latin, Serbia)|
Sign-in account comparison
The following table describes what features are available for different account types. You can find more information regarding accounts in the Power Platform license guide.
|Microsoft account||Work or school account||Organization premium account|
|Storage||OneDrive Personal account||Dataverse of default environment||Dataverse across environments|
|Accessible recorder: Add different actions and record desktop apps and web apps in a single desktop flow.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Easy-to-use designer: Use the drag-and-drop visual designer to organize your flow logically, while using desktop and web recorders to capture core logic of your automation in a single desktop flow.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Robust browser support: Use intelligent data extraction across all major web browsers (Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Pre-built actions: Apply a diverse set of 400+ pre-built actions that connect to many different systems.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Access to new actions: Automate more non-API systems with new support for SAP, legacy terminals such as mainframes and AS/400, Java apps, Citrix, etc.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Exception handling: Take advantage of exception handling to enable automation of complex cases that require validation and proactively manage flow settings to ensure a flow is completed without the need for human interaction.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Connectivity with cloud flows (triggering/scheduling flows)||No||No||Yes|
|Dataverse storage: Save new desktop flows built with Power Automate centrally in Dataverse, benefiting from environment isolation and role-based access.||No||No||Yes|
|Sharing and collaboration: Share flows with team members and select access level such as co-development or run-only.||No||No||Yes|
|Centralized management and reporting: New flows and any execution logs are automatically saved to the Power Automate service to provide centralized management and reporting.||No||No||Yes|
|Additional capabilities such as AI Builder, integration with cloud flows, use of more than 400 premium and custom connectors, unattended RPA (with unattended add-on), and much more.||No||No||Yes|
Known issues and limitations
Only work or school account users with a Dataverse database provisioned in their default environment can create Power Automate desktop flows. Power Automate desktop flows are stored in the default environment with the Dataverse database.
If the Dataverse database doesn't exist in the default environment, the user won't be able to create desktop flows, and will be prompted to create a database. There will be no connectivity of Power Automate desktop flows with cloud flows.
After users create the Dataverse in the Power platform admin center, they might be prompted to create it again. In this scenario, exit Power Automate for desktop from the system tray icon and restart it.
If users have signed in with trial or paid accounts and want to connect their free Microsoft accounts, they must use Power Automate for desktop version 18.104.22.16869 or above. Otherwise, they'll encounter the following error:
Power Automate applies the proxy configuration specified in Windows proxy settings. If the proxy server requires authentication, the administrator must exclude Power Automate from using it or use another server that doesn't require authentication. Learn more about configuring Power Automate to bypass a corporate proxy server.
The number of actions that can be logged in a single desktop flow run is limited to 10,000. Extra actions will be performed but won't be logged.
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