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.


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


Active Python

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

  • 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 python.org, 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

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


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.


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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