How do I access IDLE in Win7

W. eWatson wolftracks at
Thu Jul 28 17:10:57 CEST 2011

On 7/28/2011 6:19 AM, Jerry Hill wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 5:26 PM, W. eWatson<wolftracks at>  wrote:
>> .py=Python.File
>> .pyw=Python.NoConFile
>> Python.File="C:\Python25\python.exe" "%1" %*
>> Python.File="C:\Python25\python.exe" "%1" %*
>> Python.NoConFile="C:\Python25\pythonw.exe" "%1" %*
> That all looks good.
>> I cannot copy from the cmd window. It ends with [errorno 13] Permission
>> denied to c:||Users\\Wayne\\idlerc\\recent-files.lst'
> That sounds like the root of the problem, then.  I'm assuming Wayne is
> your username, but I don't know why you wouldn't have permission to
> access something in your own user directory.  Can you try deleting
> that file in the windows explorer?  You could try messing with the
> permissions, but I doubt you care about a recent file list that sounds
> several months old.  You might even try removing (or renaming) the
> whole C:\Users\Wayne\idlerc folder.  Idle should re-build anything it
> needs if it's not there when you start up.
It's a hidden file. I tried deleting w/o success so changed the name. 
The file was dated 5/??/2010.

I tried the usual method of right-click on to see if Edit with 
IDLE would appear in the menu. It didn't, so I tried a right-click to 
Choose default program to idle.pyw. Using it again gave me an invalid 
32-bit message.

I am able to get a proper response at the command level by entering 
pythonw.exe.  >>> print "abc" works fine.  I've forgotten how to get out 
of >>>. I'm killing the command window.

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