Starting Python in XP Pro

Grant Andrew gveggie at
Wed Oct 20 00:23:25 CEST 2010

Success - I worked with a friend who is Python-fluent to diagnose this issue
and it turns out that in addition to the PATH variable, there were TCL and
TK variables that were pointing toward an old install of Python.

With these references pointed toward the correct folders in the current
install, all is well.

Now I can get to the work of learning Python, instead of bleeding through
the eyes.

Thanks for all of the help!!


On Sun, Oct 17, 2010 at 12:12 PM, Dennis Lee Bieber
<wlfraed at>wrote:

> On Sat, 16 Oct 2010 21:27:11 -0600, Grant Andrew <gveggie at>
> declaimed the following in gmane.comp.python.general:
> >
> > I ran C:\>C:\python26\lib\idlelib\ at the command prompt and that
> > returned:
> >
>         <snip>
> >     {C:\IBMTOOLS\Python22\tcl\tcl8.4} C:/IBMTOOLS/Python22/tcl/tcl8.5
> > C:/Python2
> > 6/lib/tcl8.5 C:/lib/tcl8.5 C:/lib/tcl8.5 C:/library C:/library
> > C:/tcl8.5.8/libra
> > ry C:/tcl8.5.8/library
> >
>         And there is your answer... Your system apparently came with Python
> 2.2 installed by IBM and IT is on the search path AHEAD of the Python2.6
> stuff.
>        You probably need to edit the PATH environment variable for user
> account to not reference the factory installed Python/tcl
>        Since my system didn't have a factory Python, I was able to put my
> install on the system PATH rather than the user PATH. (Hmm, I need to
> edit the system PATH -- regina is no longer on C:, and I seem to have
> duplicates of Roxio paths; only the last two items are my user account
> path)
> PATH=e:\Python25\; E:\GNAT\2008\bin; C:\WINDOWS\system32; C:\WINDOWS;
> C:\WINDOWS\System32\Wbem; C:\Program Files\SciTE; C:\Program
> Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin ;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_03\bin;
> C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\AGL; C:\Tcl\bin; C:\Program
> Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\9.0\DLLShared\; C:\Program Files\Common
> Files\Roxio Shared\DLLShared\; c:\Regina; C:\Program
> Files\TortoiseSVN\bin; C:\PROGRA~1\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.0\bin;
> E:\GNAT\GtkAda\bin;C:\MSSQL7\BINN;c:\PROGRA~1
> \sdb\programs\bin; c:\PROGRA~1\sdb\programs\pgm; e:\python25\scripts;
> C:\WINDOWS\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0; C:\Program Files\Common
> Files\Roxio Shared\DLLShared\; C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio
> Shared\9.0\DLLShared\; C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTSystem\;
> C:\WINDOWS\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0; c:\bin; e:\regina
> --
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