Using Python On Windows
On this page you will find the layman’s guide to using Python on Windows. All our Python video tutorials are done on the Mac operating system. We suggest that you bookmark this page and refer to this page as need to for all questions referring to using Python on Windows.
Install Python On Windows
Unlike other operating systems Python does not come pre installed on the Windows operating system. The developers at Python have created a compiled installation package for the Windows operating system.
Windows Installation Process
We have include a video to guide you through the Python installation process on windows. *Note – the version in the video may be older than the current version. The installation process has not changed.
Python offers two different installation versions. These include the 32-bit version and the 64-bit version. Make sure you choose the proper version that is compatible with your operating system.
Step 1: Visit http://python.org to download the latest version of Python.
Step 2: On the main menu bar of the Python website you will see a download button. If you hover over the download button you will see you can choose a version of Python. Either Python 3 which is the newer version of the language and Python 2 which is the legacy version. On this website we teach Python 3 so if you are going to follow a long in our tutorials please download Python 3.
Step 3: After the download has completed open the Python installer.
Step 4: On the Python installer’s first page you will see you have two options to choose from to start the installation process.
The install now is the preferred method to install Python. This option normally does not require administrator access unless CPython has to make changes to the runtime settings. The installation will placed in the user’s directory. All the needed packages that are normally included with Python will be installed as well.
At the bottom of the installer window you will see two check boxes. First one ask if you would like to install launcher for all users. We suggest you click the box. The second check box ask if you would like to set the path for your Python installation. We strongly suggest that you click this as well. Otherwise you will need to set the windows path.
We strongly suggest that you use the Install now method but you if you insist in choosing to customize installation you are probably knowledgeable enough to figure out this process.
Step 5: Follow the remaining prompts through the installation process. If you get hung up refer to the video above or leave a comment in our forum.
Python and Windows Command Line Guide
When you install Python normally the installer will put Python launcher on your PATH. To check if the launcher is available entering the following command in your command line.
If you have multiple versions of Python installed you may need to specify the version of Python you would like to work with. Use the following command to do so.
If faced with an error message stating that ‘py’ is not recognized then you did not click the set PATH check box on the first page of the installation. You will need to either reinstall Python or set the path manually.
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