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

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Mon Sep 10 00:02:28 CEST 2012

On 09/09/12 19:03, tayo rotimi wrote:

> * which installer link you click on - on the page look for and click on
> the following:Python 2.7.3 Windows X86-64 Installer
> <http://www.python.org/ftp/python/2.7.3/python-2.7.3.amd64.msi>(Windows
> AMD64 / Intel 64 / X86-64 binary [1]
> <http://www.python.org/download/#id10>-- does not include source)
> * the exact name of the installer file you download - exact name is:
> Python 2.7.3 Windows X86-64 Installer
> <http://www.python.org/ftp/python/2.7.3/python-2.7.3.amd64.msi>(Windows
> AMD64 / Intel 64 / X86-64 binary [1]
> <http://www.python.org/download/#id10>-- does not include source)
> * whether your version of Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit -my version is
> 64-bit Windows 7

OK, it should work just fine.

One thing to note is that you are NOT installing Python IDLE, you are 
installing Python. IDLE is just one small component part. However, that 
doesn't change how you install it and it should just work.

Given that it doesn't I'd recommend two  other things to try:
1) Go to ActiveState.com and download their installer. I always 
recommend the ActiveState version for Windows users because they bundle 
a bunch of useful goodies that you don't get from python.org
And it uses a different installer...

2) Try downloading and installing 32bit Python. 64bit windows can run 
the 32 bit version too and it might install more successfully. But I'd 
try ActiveState first - its free but ISTR you need to register.

> 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

This is hogwash. You shouldn't need to change your path to run IDLE. You 
may need to change it to run Python but once Python is recognised IDLE 
should work with no further changes. And the installer should get Python 
recognised as part of its setup. There were some PATH issues in older 
versions but I think the recent ones work OK.

I've heard good things about this book but frankly its not looking too 
promising so far!

Alan G
Author of the Learn to Program web site

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