[Tutor] I Need Help - further details now provided.

tayo rotimi finsolut2003 at yahoo.com
Sun Sep 9 20:03:29 CEST 2012

Hi Steven,

Please see my answers (bold, and in blue) after each of your questions below. Hope you would be able to help, with these further notes I have provided. Regards.


Message: 3
Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2012 02:44:33 +1000
From: Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info>
To: tutor at python.org
Subject: Re: [Tutor] I need Help
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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:  

Please go to:  http://www.python.org/download/  

* what page you go to on the Python website to find this installer - Please click on:http://www.python.org/download/

* which installer link you click on - on the page look for and click on the following:Python 2.7.3 Windows X86-64 Installer(Windows AMD64 / Intel 64 / X86-64
binary [1]-- does not include source)

* the exact name of the installer file you download - exact name is: Python 2.7.3 Windows X86-64 Installer(Windows AMD64 / Intel 64 / X86-64
binary [1]-- does not include source)

* whether your version of Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit -my version is 64-bit Windows 7

> 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. Below is the context, verbatim: 

"If you have a trouble running the IDLE, you may have to modify the your Windows System Path - a list of the directories where your system looks to find program files. you 'll want to add the following to the end of the Path: ;C:\Python27;C:\Program Files\Tcl;C:\Program Files\Tcl\bin. The process of modifying your Path is different for each version of windows, so check your Windows Help documentation for Environment Variable (since the Path is one of your Environment Variables)." 



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Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 19:06:17 +0100
From: Matthew Ngaha <chigga101 at gmail.com>
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this is the same book i bought a few months ago to get me started. the
instructions i remember where clear for windows. if there is a problem
with the download files on the site, the author has the files on his
own site also:


save or run the file, once installed go to your start menu, choose All
Programs, choose Python 3.1, then choose IDLE(Python GUI)


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