Windows No-Install Distribution?

Eric Lemings eric.lemings at
Tue Aug 23 23:56:21 CEST 2011

On Aug 23, 1:52 pm, Stephen Hansen <me+list/pyt... at> wrote:
> On 8/23/11 8:29 AM, Eric Lemings wrote:
> > I would like to create/find a Python 3.x distribution that can be
> > redeployed simply by copying a directory of required files; i.e.
> Just take the default installer, install it, and then check the Python
> directory: does it have the python DLL? If not, go look into the
> system32 directory, grab it, drop it in the Python directory. (If you
> installed for all-users this will happen,
> Now copy/zip/whatever that Python directory to another machine where it
> was not installed. It'll work fine.
> You'll have to explicitly provide the path to the Python.exe of course;
> you can't just double-click on a .py or run 'python', but if
> your shortcuts/whatever all do C:\Where\You\Installed\Python.exe,
> everything should just work.
> We do that at work and never run into any trouble. (We actually provide
> a MSI but only for convenience of customers who want to auto-install via
> Group Policy).
> In most situations, Python's good at "finding itself", i.e. where the
> python.exe is actually located -- and it boostraps the location of
> everything else based on that.
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Excellent start.

Which files comprise the standard Python library?  Only the files in
the 'Lib' subdirectory or are more needed?

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