[Python-Dev] Installing Python 2.6 alpha1 on Windows XP

Gregor Lingl gregor.lingl at aon.at
Mon Mar 17 23:21:10 CET 2008

Hi Paul,

thanks for you efforts, but up to now it still didn't work.

I'm using Windows XP Professional (32 bit).
I tried an install on two different machines with the same negative result.

I proceeded like you suggested.
- I installed for all users,
- I disabled the register extensions

When doing the same call to execute idle as you, I got the following:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "c:\Python26\Lib\idlelib\idle.py", line 6, in <module>
    import PyShell
  File "c:\Python26\Lib\idlelib\PyShell.py", line 9, in <module>
    import socket
  File "c:\Python26\Lib\socket.py", line 46, in <module>
    import _socket
ImportError: DLL load failed: <in German: system cannot find this file>

I get a similar error message, when I do

from turtle import *

    import _tkinter
 Import Error. DLL load failed ....

sys.path is exactly like yours. (So the DLLs directory is contained
in sys.path) _tkinter.pyd and _socket.pyd are present in DLLs.

I've installed  Python 2.5 on both machines. On the first one I
moreover deleted all entries concerning Python (2.5) from the
PATH variable, with no positive effect.

On the other machine I have also installed Python 3000 successfully,
which even still doesn't have IDLE in it's Menu. Nevertheless there

C:\Python30> python Lib\idlelib\idle.py

brings up IDLE 3.0a1 (and I even can import and use a port of xturtle.py to
Python 3000 there).

I never experienced a similar Problem before when installing Python.

Any ideas?


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