Python 2.4 on Windows XP

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Wed Jan 5 15:41:16 EST 2005

In my case, there is *no* error message of any kind.  When I run pythonw.exe
from the python23 directory, the screen blinked slightly and goes back to
the command prompt.

"Jeff Shannon" <jeff at> wrote in message
news:10toje56oiebq24 at
> DavidHolt wrote:
> > I have a problem that I see on two different machines, one running XP
> > SP1 and one XP SP 2.
> >
> > On both I installed Python 2.4.
> >
> > I can't seem to start IDLE. When I try to start it, I get an hourglass
> > cursor for a short time then nothing more happens. This happens whether
> > I click the IDLE shortcut or click the pythonw.exe directly, or attempt
> > to launch pythonw from a command line.
> Maybe I'm misinterpreting you, here, but pythonw.exe is *not* IDLE.
> It is, instead, a console-less version of the Python interpreter,
> which can run the Python scripts for IDLE (among other things).
> My version of Python is older, but in %pythondir%/Tools/idle, there is
> an idle.pyw file.  Try running that.  If it doesn't work, then copy &
> paste any error messages (you'll probably need to run it from a
> command line for this) to your next post here so that we can try to
> troubleshoot a bit more effectively.
> Jeff Shannon
> Technician/Programmer
> Credit International

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