pythonwin broke

Jean Brouwers mrjean1ATcomcastDOTnet at
Sat Dec 4 03:05:35 CET 2004

Well, we made several attempts to install Python 2.4 with a number of
extension packages on Windows XP and used the binaries from the Python
site, not ActivePython.

Previous to 2.4,  we did have several versions of Python installed on
Windows XP without any problem.  We installed 2.4 as usual in a
separate directory under Program Files.  But there were several
problems getting the 2.4 exe and IDLE started, in addition to issues
with some extensions.  Plus 2.3.4 could not be started any longer.

Uninstalling 2.4 did not quite work and *may* have broken the existing
2.3.4 installation.  Uninstalling and reinstalling that failed also,
until we manually cleaned up the Registry and StartUp folder.

As I mentioned, we did not investigate the 2.4 problem any further
since getting 2.3.4 back up and running was more critical than 2.4 due
to other problems with the extensions on 2.4.

Once all extensions exist for 2.4 we will try again.  And maybe, we
should use the ActivePython builds then ;-)

/Jean Brouwers
PS) We had no problem with Python 2.4 or any extensions on Lunix. 
Everything works fine there and all our Python code runs unmodified on
both 2.3 and 2.4 with extensions, without any failure or glitch.  The
difference *may* be that we rebuild the distribution on Linux but not
on Windows.

In article <mailman.7105.1102099531.5135.python-list at>, Trent
Mick <trentm at> wrote:

> Jean Brouwers wrote:
> > PPS) It looks like Python 2.4 and Python 2.3 can not co-exist (in
> > different folders under Program Files) but we did not investigate that
> > any further.
> That's not true. I have every version of Python back to 2.0 installed 
> and all running fine on my system. Obviously you can only have one of 
> your Python installations first on your PATH (and hence the one that 
> gets run by simply typing "python"). Also, you can only have one of you 
> Python installations registered as the default handler for .py files 
> (and hence the one that gets run by simple double-clicking on a .py file 
> in explorer or running a Python script without the extension from the 
> command line).
> It is also possible that there is some little installer bug or detail on 
>   your environment that is causing the problem. You could try 
> ActivePython. I regularly install and uninstall ActivePython 2.3 and 2.4 
> installers and both installs are still working fine.
> Cheers,
> Trent

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