[New-bugs-announce] [issue32507] Change Windows install to applocal UCRT

Steve Dower report at bugs.python.org
Sat Jan 6 18:59:01 EST 2018

New submission from Steve Dower <steve.dower at python.org>:

There's enough instability due to using the proper UCRT installer (e.g. issue25546, issue25954, also others not reported on bpo) and good enough install base that we can simplify things by just installing it locally on machines that require it.

This may also require updating venv (though I think we're fine) and virtualenv (I'll ping).

My proposal is to bundle the UCRT redistributable DLLs into their own MSI and install them alongside the main executable when required. If a user later installs it properly, the up-to-date version will be used instead. This should be good enough to cover people still on Windows 7/8, and will also reduce the installer size slightly (though at the cost of potentially breaking non-standard virtual environments or entrypoint stubs that link to the CRT dynamically).

assignee: steve.dower
components: Windows
messages: 309589
nosy: paul.moore, steve.dower, tim.golden, zach.ware
priority: normal
severity: normal
stage: needs patch
status: open
title: Change Windows install to applocal UCRT
type: enhancement
versions: Python 3.7, Python 3.8

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