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What is the best way to install Python for Windows?

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Download the executable ("Windows Installer") from and install it.

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Active Python

ActivePython is the industry-standard Python distribution, available for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, AIX and HP-UX.

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Active Python is a CPython package – gimel Sep 24 '09 at 17:39
You comment that "Active Python is a CPython package" <-- can you elaborate on the relevance of that? particularly as the OP's question is a newbie type question so many people reading this QnA might not know the implications of whatever that is, are.. – barlop Jul 20 '15 at 21:08
@barlop - 6 years after posting and question moved to another site, I agree that the comment is irrelevant to a newbie. – gimel Jul 21 '15 at 7:08
-1 the standard cpython distribution for windows or linux, is from, not ActivePython. – barlop Jul 21 '15 at 7:57
And I think you are wrong again to use the term cpython package, Python has packages you can import in, but CPython is not a package it is an implementation. (And AFAIK packages aren't really dependent on implementation, they are code). And ActivePython is a distribution not a package. – barlop Jul 21 '15 at 8:01

For an IDE based full package install for Scientific computing I have used Python-x,y and it comes with the kitchen sink.

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This is the best install guide I've ever seen. Don't forget Part 2 to get easy_install working, as well.

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Get ActivePython for Windows.

See here for installation instructions.

In addition to the installer at, ActivePython includes pywin32 (Windows API extensions) and several unofficial documentation including tutorials to learn Python.

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Download Python.exe from the Python website. Then, install IDLE or PyCharm or any other Python editing software and set the interpreter as your Python.exe file. You should be set.

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