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Friday, November 30, 2012

PowerPivot for Excel "Not loaded. The Managed Add-in Loader failed to initialize."

Error when trying to enable the PowerPivot for Excel add-in for Office 2010 reads:
"Not loaded.  The Managed Add-in Loader failed to initialize."

If the installation of the PowerPivot for Excel add-in succeeded, the add-in should be enabled in the Excel Add-ins options panel.  If not, you might see the above error when clicking on the Manage -> "COM Add-ins" -> GO.

Unfortunately, the help provided in this social.msdn thread proved to be accurate.

Don't waste your time like I did uninstalling the PowerPivot for Excel Add-in, repairing office, reinstalling the Office Shared Features or Office Tools... and multiple orders of the above.  Just uninstall the add-in, uninstall Office (altogether, it seems, is necessary), reinstall Office with the Office Shared Features all enabled, reinstall the Add-in.

It is silly, but that's the only way I got it to work.