In this chapter we have discussed the steps to install Python on a Windows machine.
Below are the Steps to install Python on your Windows system:
- #Check if Python is already installed on the system
Navigate to cmd and run command python –version
- #If Python version is greater than or equal to 3.5, skip to “Installing Intellicuspy” section
#If Python is not installed or Python version is lower than the above specified version, follow the below steps
- Open a browser window, enter python.org and navigate to the download page for Windows
- Underneath the heading that says Python releases for Windows, click on the link for the latest Python 3 Release – Python 3.x.x. (the latest till the September 2019 is Python 3.6.5.)]
- Scroll to the bottom and select either Windows x86-64 executable installer for 64-bit or Windows x86 executable installer for 32-bit. (See below.)
#Sidebar: 32-bit or 64-bit Python?
For Windows, you can choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit installer. Following are the differences:
If your system has a 32-bit processor, then you should choose the 32-bit installer.
On a 64-bit system, either installer will work for most purposes. The 32-bit version will generally use less memory, but the 64-bit version performs better for applications with intensive computation.
If you’re unsure which version to pick, we recommend going with the 64-bit version.
Note: If the version you install does not function or is somehow not your preference and you would like to switch to another version of Python; uninstall Python and then re-install a desired version by downloading the installer from python.org.
- Once you have downloaded an installer, double click on the installer to run it.
Note: You need to check the box that says Add Python 3.x to PATH as shown to ensure that the interpreter will be placed in your execution path.
- Click Install Now
- Check if Python is installed on the machine correctly