HowTo Use Cython on a Windows XP Box?

Paul McGuire ptmcg at
Sat Sep 1 05:40:22 CEST 2007

On Aug 31, 9:06 pm, David Lees <debl2NoS... at> wrote:
> August 31, 2007
> I just downloaded the current Cython release and have no problem running
> the translator on the demo code.  But when I try compiling, I
> get an error complaining that my version of Python (which is the current
> 2.5.1 downloaded from was compiled with Visual C++ 2003.  I
> only have Visual C++ 2005 on my machine and am unable to find a download
> of 2003 on the Microsoft site (no big surprise).  I have never built
> Python from source.  Is it necessary or can someone suggest an alternative?
> david lees

Unless you are customizing Python (and you can accomplish a *lot*
without doing so), it is not necessary to build Python from source.
Download one of the pre-built Windows binaries and install it, or get
the Win Python distribution from ActiveState and install that.  Then
start writing your own Python demo scripts.

-- Paul

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