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What is the best way to install Python for Windows?

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Download the executable ("Windows Installer") from python.org 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

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 python.org, ActivePython includes pywin32 (Windows API extensions) and several unofficial documentation including tutorials to learn Python.

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