How to Install Python on Windows 10

The first step to becoming a Python developer is to install Python. In this post, I will cover how to install the latest version of Python on a Windows 10 machine in four easy steps.

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Step 1: Download Python

Go to www.python.org and download the latest release of Python by clicking the button.

The version number may be different than what’s shown below if you’re viewing this at a later date. That’s a good thing. It means you’re using an even better version of Python!

Download Python

Step 2: Open the Python Installer

Open your downloads folder and run the installer. You can get to your downloads folder by selecting the File Explorer from the taskbar, or press the Windows key + E at the same time, and clicking Downloads under the Quick access area.

Windows Quick Access

Once you’re there, double click to run the installer downloaded in the previous step.

Step 3: Run the Python Installer

Once the insaller is open, click the checkbox to add Python to your PATH and click Install Now. If you want to give other users the ability to run Python, browse into the customize area and select the appropriate options.

Python Installer

After ten to twenty seconds or so, depending upon the speed of your computer, Python will be successfully installed and you should see a screen like the below.

Install Python

Step 4: Verify the Installation

Run the command prompt by typing CMD in the search bar and pressing enter, or by clicking the Windows key + R and typing in CMD and pressing okay.

Python Installation Verification

Verify Python installed correctly by typing python –version and pressing enter. If you see a verson number display, you’ve installed Python correctly! Congratulations!


Leo Smigel

Based in Pittsburgh, Analyzing Alpha is a blog by Leo Smigel exploring what works in the markets.