ActiveState Python Together with "Regular" Python) ((DLE)

W. eWatson notvalid2 at
Mon Jan 12 16:40:47 CET 2009

John Machin wrote:
> On Jan 12, 9:16 pm, "W. eWatson" <notval... at> wrote:
>> John Machin wrote:
>>> On Jan 12, 2:00 pm, "W. eWatson" <notval... at> wrote:
>>>> I installed "Python" 2.5 a few months ago with IDLE, and decided I'd like to
>>>> try windowpy from ActiveState. Is having both of these installed going to
>>>> cause me trouble?
>>> What is "windowpy from ActiveState"? If you mean you wanted to try the
>>> PythonWin IDE instead of IDLE, all you needed to do was go to
>>> the big download button
>>> and make sure you get the 2.5 version (it's the default atm) and
>>> install it.
>> Yes, I want to try the PythonWin IDE instead of IDLE. "(DLE" was a typo.
>> Is it possible to just disable the vanilla (IDLE) version? I may want to
>> switch between the two. Most users of the program I'm about to modify use
>> the vanilla version. At some point, I may want to go back to it to verify
>> that in their world all is OK.
> I'll try again. All you need is (a) the official distribution of
> Python 2.5 for Windows from (b) the pywin32
> package from the URL I gave you. Install both. Click on Start / All
> Programs/ Python 2.5 and will find *BOTH* IDLE and PythonWin. You and/
> or your users can use IDLE or PythonWin, only one copy of Python, no
> conflicts. Why do you think you need to "disable" IDLE? Just don't use
> it.
Once upon a time, six months ago, I asked a similar question and the answer 
was more complex. I decided to put this off until I truly needed it.

Even better than Start, for me, is that I can choose PythonWin or IDLE from 
the right-click menu which I want. I do see a choice there of Open With-> 
Python. I can see it executed properly, but which 2.5 did it use?

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