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

Steve Holden steve at
Tue Jan 13 03:16:24 CET 2009

W. eWatson wrote:
> 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?
Both IDLE and PythonWin use the same interpreter - neither of them carry
their own, and there's only one Python 2.5 available on your system.

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