Help with Installing PowerStory and Configuring Commercial License Key


PowerStory is a PowerPoint Plugin and as such needs a number of software components (i.e. prerequisites) from Microsoft in order for PowerStory to work with PowerPoint.  The installer will look at your system and try to determine what components are missing.  For each of the missing prerequisites, the installer will ask for your approval to download from Microsoft and Install.

Here is a list of the prerequisites the installer will check for

  • .NET 3.5 SP1
  • .NET 4.0
  • Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable
  • Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable (x64 or x86)
  • VSTO 2010 Runtime (x64 or x86)
  • Office 2010 Primary Interop Assemblies
  • TFS Object Model Client Library


What you will typically see during the installation

This is the first screen you will see. It indicates that there are a number of prerequisites to be installed.

The second screen is a list of the prerequisites. The installer is able to detect if most components are already installed except for a) the “Office 2010 Primary Interop Assembly” and the “TFS Object Model Client Library”. If you know those two components are already installed you can uncheck them on the second screen. In the example below all of the .NET frameworks, Visual C++ redistributables and VSTO components have already been installed so they remain unchecked. It is likely that you already have the .NET and Visual C++ components already installed on your machine. However it is unlikely you will already have the VSTO 2010 Runtime, Office 2010 Primary Interop Assembly or the TFS Object Model Client Library already installed.

Depending on what you did not already have installed, you will now be asked for permission to download the missing components from Microsoft. After granting permission you will then start to see progress of the downloads. When a component is downloaded you will then be prompted to confirm installing it.

After installing all of the prerequisite software from Microsoft, you will now see the intaller window for the PowerStory PowerPoint addin. The first screen will look like this. Note that the “I agree to the license terms and conditions” checkbox is unselected. You can click on the “license terms and conditions” link in blue text to review the license agreement. Once you have reviewed the license agreement, then select the “I agree to the License terms and conditions” checkbox.

Selecting the checkbox will now enable the green install button, as shown below. Click on this “install” button to start the installation process of the PowerStory PowerPoint Addin.

The installer will show you progress during this installation. It should not take more than 30 seconds or so. After the installation is complete, you will see the following last screen. Click on Finished.

At this point PowerStory should be properly installed. To verify this, open up PowerPoint and look for the PowerStory tab in the ribbon.

When first installed you will have a 5 day trial license. If you need an extension to this license please contact

After purchasing a commercial license you can install that license by clicking on the “Enter License Key” button in the PowerStory ribbon.

This will open up the following dialog

To enter your commercial license key select the “I have a license key” radio button. You will now see the following dialog.

Now you should replace the license key that is already populated in the “activation key’ field with your commercial license activation key and then click on the “Activate” button. Note: the license key that was already in the field is used for the trial period.

After clicking on the “activate” button, PowerStory will try to connect to our license management server to verify the license key and activate your software. This can take up to a min depending on a number of factors. Please be patient during this step.


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