Installing Python on Windows step by step

Installing Python on Windows step by step

 To install Python on Windows, follow these steps:

1. Download Python:

  • Visit the official Python website:
  • Click on the "Downloads" tab.

2. Choose Python Version:

  • You'll see the latest versions available. It's recommended to download the latest stable version (e.g., Python 3.10.0). Note that Python 2.x is no longer supported.

3. Start Installer:

  • Run the downloaded installer file (it will be a .exe file). 

4. Customize Installation (Optional):

  • On the first screen, you'll see an option to "Add Python to PATH". Make sure it's checked. This will make it easier to run Python from the command line.

5. Install Now:

  • Click "Install Now". Python will be installed with the default settings.

6. Wait for Installation:

  • The installer will copy files and set up Python. This may take a few minutes.

7. Installation Complete:

  • Once the installation is finished, you'll see a screen that says "Setup was successful".

8. Verify Installation:

  • Open the Command Prompt (search for "cmd" in the Windows search bar).
  • Type `python --version` and press Enter. You should see the version of Python you installed.

9. Open Python Shell:

  • In the Command Prompt, type `python` and press Enter. This will open the Python interactive shell where you can run Python commands.

10. Install Additional Packages (Optional):

  • You can install additional Python packages using the Python package manager `pip`. For example, to install the popular library NumPy, you can use the command `pip install numpy`.

That's it! Python is now installed on your Windows system. You can start writing and running Python code.