How do I access IDLE in Win7

W. eWatson wolftracks at
Wed Jul 27 23:26:40 CEST 2011

On 7/27/2011 12:53 PM, Jerry Hill wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 3:34 PM, W. eWatson<wolftracks at>  wrote:
>> On 7/27/2011 9:48 AM, Jerry Hill wrote:
>>> So, you don't have an or idle.pyw in C:\Python26\Lib\idlelib\
>>> (or where ever you installed python)?  If not, it sounds to me like
>>> your python installation is screwed up.  I would re-install.
>> Yes, I have both. Neither shows anything on the monitor when I double click
>> them.
> Oh, I guess I misunderstood.  Go ahead and open that cmd.exe window
> back up.  Please run the following and report back the results.  In
> the cmd.exe window run:
> assoc .py
> assoc .pyw
> ftype Python.File
> ftype Python.NoConFile

Python.File="C:\Python25\python.exe" "%1" %*
Python.File="C:\Python25\python.exe" "%1" %*
Python.NoConFile="C:\Python25\pythonw.exe" "%1" %*

> Those four commands should show us how the python file associations
> are set up on your computer.
> Then, let's try to run idle and capture whatever error message is
> popping up.  I don't think you've mentioned what version of python you
> have installed.  The following is for 2.6, since that's what I have
> installed here, but it should work on any other version if you swap in
> your installation directory for the 2.6 one below.  Still in your
> cmd.exe window, run the following:
> c:\Python26\python.exe C:\Python26\Lib\idlelib\
I cannot copy from the cmd window. It ends with [errorno 13] Permission 
denied to c:||Users\\Wayne\\idlerc\\recent-files.lst'

recent-files.lst !!! weird
> If you get an exception, please copy and paste the details for us.  If
> that works and opens idle, please try running this:
> C:\Python26\Lib\idlelib\
> Based on the behavior you've described so far, that ought to fail, and
> hopefully give some sort of message or exception for us to diagnose.
> PS: If you're just trying to get things working, and don't care what
> might be wrong, I would recommend just re-installing python.  That
> ought to clean up all the file associations and set things up properly
> for you.  That's likely the quickest way to just get things working.
Yep, I'm thinking about it.

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