Can Python be run off of a CD-ROM?

Gerhard Häring gh at
Tue Dec 2 13:58:58 CET 2003

Eddie Corns wrote:
> [...] I was wondering whether there was a howto on running Python from Windows
> without it being in the registry [...]

Here's the HOWTO, in one sentence:

Grab a Python directory, copy the python{major}{minor}.dll from 
%SYSTEMROOT%\system32 into this Python directory.

In there, Python now runs standalone, and you can burn the whole 
directory on a CD if you like.

win32 Python does have module search paths in the registry, but they 
aren't required.

-- Gerhard

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