[Python-Dev] Python in next Windows 10 update

Oscar Benjamin oscar.j.benjamin at gmail.com
Wed May 22 15:37:32 EDT 2019

On Tue, 21 May 2019 at 21:32, Steve Dower <steve.dower at python.org> wrote:
> In the next Windows 10 update that starts rolling out today, we
> (Microsoft) have added "python.exe" and "python3.exe" commands that are
> installed on PATH *by default* and will open the Microsoft Store at the
> page where we (Python core team) publish our build.
> This makes it a 1-2 click process to get from a clean machine to having
> a usable Python install ("python.exe" -> opens Store -> "Get it Free" ->
> "python.exe" now works!)

This is great. Thanks for this Steve. A lot of novices struggle to get
Python installed and running on Windows. Not being on PATH is a
particular problem for them so this looks very useful. Of course it
doesn't take long before a novice programmer needs some other
libraries (numpy, matploblib etc for my students) so I wonder how that
part works.

Is this doing a single-user or system wide install?

After install is IDLE available via start menu?

How does pip fit into this? Will pip be on PATH after install?


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