How to build python using visual studio 2005?

Brian Curtin brian.curtin at
Thu Aug 18 16:51:42 EDT 2011

On Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 13:16, smith jack <thinke365 at> wrote:

> anybody here have build it correctly?
> how to make a msi file just as the official site did?
> is there any detailed tutorial online?

We're currently shipping CPython built on VS 2008, but I do know of people
building with 2005. How they do it, I'm not entirely sure, but all of the
related files are available -- see the PC folder for previous versions of
project and solution files.

As for making the MSI, from a source checkout, the Tools/msi/ script
is how its generated, but there isn't currently any documentation or
tutorial. What I'd do is start by running that script, then piece together
what you're missing in order to get it working. You'll need a built Python
including the third-party things like tkinter in order for it to work. I
know it needs pywin32, but I can't remember anything else I needed off the
top of my head, but I have gotten it to work before.
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