The first step to installing Python for windows is to head over to https://www.python.org/downloads/
Once you get here you will see the latest version. Click it and download. The download file is usually small. Around 30 MB of space. This file will not eat up your space on your system.
Make sure to check what system you are running (32 bit or 64 bit). You can check this by right clicking on the start button and clicking on “system.”
After you click on the .exe file this will pop up.
Checking the box “add to path” means that when you open up a command prompt and type in “python” it should start the interpreter inside of whatever folder you are located in.
If you leave this box unchecked then you will have to type something like: C:\program files\python\python.exe every time.
After you check this box, then proceed with the installation of Python onto your machine.
So let me show you what I mean, open up any folder, and what you are going to do is hold down the “shift” button, then you are going to do a “right-click”. This will bring out a menu with the, “open command window here” option.
You should get a windows that looks something like this:
What to type after this
Now a few people will have python 2.7 installed, and others will only have python 3 installed.
There’s a few things you can type into the command prompt:
- py -3.6
- py -3.5
- py -.27
If you’ve got Python 3.5, then you will type in python -3.5 and it will bring up the interpreter.
That’s all there is to up and running with python. From here we will cover more things you can do so check out the articles to come.