[Python-Dev] PEP 514 and pywin32

Steve Dower steve.dower at python.org
Wed Dec 28 12:09:42 EST 2016

It's likely that they're using the broken version of bdist_wininst for their installer (I thought Mark reported the issue and had a workaround though...). It's already fixed, but hasn't been released yet.

Another workaround is to use "wheel convert" on the exe and then install the wheel. You miss out on their post-install steps, but most people don't need those anyway.


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-----Original Message-----
From: "Burkhard Meier" <burkhardameier at gmail.com>
Sent: ‎12/‎28/‎2016 1:43
To: "Glenn Linderman" <glenn at nevcal.com>
Cc: "Python Dev" <python-dev at python.org>
Subject: Re: [Python-Dev] PEP 514 and pywin32

Try the 'gohlke' download site. Whenever getting stuck in some of the newest Python 3.x versions, that side usually has installers that work. It did work for me just now, using Python 3.6.0 64-bit on Windows 10 64-bit OS.


On Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 9:17 PM, Glenn Linderman <glenn at nevcal.com> wrote:

So today I tried to install pywin32 on my new Python 3.6.0 and got the following error:

Cannot install
Python version 3.6-32 required, which was not found in the registry.

Seems like pywin32, although built for 3.6, doesn't understand or conform to the PEP 514? So the installer doesn't work? I suspect maybe the code would still work, if it would install. I also noted that pip cannot find a compatible pywin32, and PyPI only reports compatibility through Python 3.3.

1. Where should this be reported? SourceForge?
2. Anyone know a workaround?


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