Idle 2.3.4 won't start on Windows

Tim Peters tim.peters at
Tue Jun 15 16:35:22 CEST 2004

[Sven Erik Knop]
> probably an old problem, but maybe you can help me:
> Just installed Python 2.3.4 on Windows XP SP1, and although the interpreter
> runs fine, IDLE will not start.
> Any ideas how to solve this?

One step at a time.

The most common reason for IDLE not running on Windows is that the
user installed Ruby.  The Ruby Windows installer is a bad citizen,
setting environment variables that prevent other apps from using Tk. 
Did you install Ruby?

Open a DOS box, cd to your Python directory, and try this:

Python 2.3.4 (#53, May 25 2004, 21:17:02) [MSC v.1200 32 bit (Intel)] on win32
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import Tkinter
>>> Tkinter._test()

What happens?

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