Python is one of the most popular programming languages, and it’s widely used for various applications including web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and more. Whether you’re just starting to learn Python or you’re an experienced programmer looking to set up a new machine, this guide will walk you through the process of installing Python on Windows 10.
Step 1: Download Python Installer
Head over to the official Python website and download the installer for the latest version of Python 3. You can find the latest Python release for Windows 10 at this link: https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/. Select the installer that corresponds to your system architecture (32-bit or 64-bit). If you are unsure about your system type, you can find this information in the System settings of your Windows machine.
Step 2: Run Python Installer
Locate the downloaded installer in your Downloads folder and double-click on the file to run it.
Step 3: Customize Installation (Optional)
Before proceeding with the installation, make sure to check the box next to “Add Python 3.x to PATH” at the bottom of the installer window. This will add Python to your system’s PATH variable, allowing you to run Python from the command prompt without specifying the full path to the executable.
By default, the installer will install Python in the %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python3x directory. If you want to change the installation directory, click on the “Customize installation” button and choose a different location.
Step 4: Install Python
Click on the “Install Now” button to start the installation process. The installer will copy the necessary files to your system and set up Python. Once the installation is complete, you’ll see a screen that says “Setup was successful.” You can now close the installer.
Step 5: Verify Python Installation
To confirm that Python was installed correctly, open the Command Prompt by searching for cmd in the Windows search bar and pressing Enter. In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press Enter:
This command should display the Python version number that was installed on your system. If you see the version number, congratulations! You have successfully installed Python on Windows 10.
Now that you have Python installed on your Windows 10 system, you can start learning the language, developing your own applications, or running scripts developed by others. If you’re new to Python, there are many resources available to help you get started, including online tutorials, books, and courses. Happy coding!