[Tutor] I need Help

Steven D'Aprano steve at pearwood.info
Sat Sep 8 18:44:33 CEST 2012

Hi Tavo,

My responses are interleaved between your comments, shown with > markers.

On 09/09/12 02:24, tayo rotimi wrote:
> Hi,
> I am a new beginner/learner of Python.

Welcome and good luck!

> My first challenge is that I am unable to install the Python IDLE after
> downloading it from Python website. When I hit on the 'run' button, i
>got the error message below:
> "This installation package could not be opened. Contact the application
>vendor to verify that this a valid Window Installer Package."

What are you downloading? As far as I can see, there is no installer for
IDLE on the Python website. IDLE comes automatically with the rest of the
Python installer. Please tell us:

* what page you go to on the Python website to find this installer
* which installer link you click on
* the exact name of the installer file you download
* whether your version of Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit

> Furthermore, I read from the 'python for absolute beginners' text book
>that I need to add some code to the end of path in my computer property.

Really? Does it say what code to add, or will any old code do?

Without knowing exactly what the book says, and the context, I have no
idea what that means.


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