No module named 'encodings' Python 3.6 on Windows 10 failure

schneiderw at schneiderw at
Tue Mar 7 20:24:10 EST 2017

Every attempt to make Python 3.6.0 or 3.6.1rc1 to run on Windows 10 has resulted in the error message shown below.  I was running Python 3.5.2 successfully and wanted to upgrade.  

Fatal Python error: Py_Initialize: unable to load the file system codec
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'encodings'

Current thread 0x00001774 (most recent call first):


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