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Installing Python 3
on Windows 7

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Installation Procedure:

Python comes installed with Mac OSX and most GNU/Linux systems, but it does not come with Windows 7. It is free software, however, and installation on Windows 7 is quick and easy.

  1. Point your web browswer to the download page on the Python website.
  2. Select the latest Windows x86 MSI Installer (python-3.2.3.msi at the time of this writing) and click on the link to download the .msi installer.
  3. Run the installer (note: IE 9 will offer you this option when you click on the link).
  4. Select Install for all users (the default option) and click the Next > button.
  5. Keep the default option (C:\Python32\) as the destination directory and click Next > button again.
  6. Don't make any changes in the Customize Python 3.2.3 dialog, just click Next > again.
  7. Click Yes if asked if this program should be allowed to install software on your system.
  8. Click the Finish button when installation completes.

Running Python:

The installation process creates a Python 3.2 section under Start Menu -> All Programs. Click on this to expand it, then click IDLE (Python GUI) to launch the Python Integrated Development program (IDLE).