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== Download and install Python ==
 
If you believe you already have Python installed, please let a staff member know before completing these steps.
 
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<li><b>Open a command prompt (we will be doing this multiple times, so make a note of how to do this!)</b>:
<li>Start* upOn aWindows commandVista promptor byWindows clicking7: click on the Start menu, clicking (the "Run..."Windows option,logo typingin "cmd",the andlower hittingleft enter. If you are using Windows Vista, you should click onof the Start menuscreen), type "<code>cmd"</code> into the Search field directly above the Start menu button, and click on "cmd" in the search results above the Search field.</li>
<li>Test your Python install by typing
* On Windows XP: click on the Start menu (the Windows logo in the lower left of the screen), click on "Run...", type <code>cmd</code> into the text box, and hit enter.
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You now have what's called a command prompt. This command prompt is another way of navigating your computer and running programs -- just textually instead of graphically. We are going to be running Python and Python scripts from this command prompt.
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<li>TestAt this <code>C:\</code> prompt that appears, test your Python install by typing
 
<pre>
>>>
</pre>
 
You just started Python! The <code>>>></code> indicates that you are at a new type of prompt -- a Python prompt. The command prompt let's you navigate your computer and run programs, and the Python prompt lets you write and run Python code interactively.
 
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<li>To exit the Python prompt, type
 
<pre>
exit()
</pre>
 
and press Enter. This will take you back to the Windows command prompt (the <code>C:\</code> you saw earlier).</li>
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== Required step: Put Python on the PATH ==
 
You might have noticed that you typed a directory"full namepath" to the Python application above when launching Python (<code>python.exe</code> is the application, but we typed <code>\Python27\python.exe</code>). In this step, you will reconfigureconfigure your computer to put Python on the system PATH so that you can run itPython without typing the ''Python27'' directory name.
 
=== Get to System Properties ===
'''This will take about 5 extra minutes''', and it is ''essential'' to an easy life using Python down the road.
 
# Open up "My Computer" by clicking on the Start menu or the Windows logo in the lower-left hand corner, and navigate to "My Computer" (for Windows XP) or "Computer" (For Vista and Windows 7).
(Note: These steps are based on a '''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9JvseacxPY video that we recommend you watch]'''. They should work equally well on Windows XP, Vista, and 7.)
# ''Right-click'' on the empty space in the window, and choose ''Properties''.
 
==== GetIf toyou're Systemusing PropertiesXP ====
 
#* A window should appear whose title islabeled "System Properties" will pop up.
 
# Click the "Advanced" tab.
 
==== If you're not using XP ====
#* A window labeled "View basic information about your computer" shouldwill appear.
 
# In the newthis window, click "Advanced system settings"
 
A window with the title "System Properties" will appear.
# Open up "My Computer"
# ''Right-click'' on the empty space in the window, and choose ''Properties'
#* A window labeled "View basic information about your computer" should appear
# In the new window, click "Advanced system settings"
#* A window should appear whose title is "System Properties".
 
=== Edit the Path ===
# Within System Properties, make sure you are in the tab labeled "Advanced".
# Click the button labeled "Environment Variables".
#* A window labeled "Environment Variables" shouldwill appear.
# In this window, the screen is split between "User variables" and "System variables". Within "System variables", scroll down and find the one labeled '''Path'''. Click the "Edit..." button.
#* A window with the "Variable name" and the "Variable value" should appear. The "Variable value" will already have some text in it; click in the box to unhighlight it (we don't want to accidentally delete that text).
# In the "Variable value" box, scroll to the end. Add thisthe following text, and hit OK. Make sure to include the semicolon at the start! <pre>;c:/\python27/\;c:/\python27/\scripts</pre>
# Hit "OK" to close out the system properties changes.
# Test ityour change:
## Open up a <b>new</b> command prompt: you do this the same way you did above when installing python. This needs to be a new command prompt because the changes you just made didn't take affect in prompts that were already open.
#* Open up a command prompt
#*# Type just "<code>python"</code> into the command prompt to start Python
#*# Notice that you now get a Python interpreter, indicated by the change to a <code>>>></code> prompt.
## Exit the Python prompt by typing <pre>exit()</pre> and hitting enter. Now you're back at the Windows command prompt (<code>C:\</code>).
# Go find an instructor and show them that you did this right!
 
== Success! ==
 
You have Python installed and configured.
 
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