Getting started with Python on your own machine:

STEP 1: Download Python 2.7.x

First, you will need the Python interpreter on your machine, to interpret the code you write.

NOTE: The most recent version is 2.7.11. Any version after 2.7.9 is acceptable.

> Download Python 2.7.x <

Wait! I already have Python 3.x...

NOPE. Nope nope nope nope nope. Python 3 is a completely different language from Python 2, and code that a Python 3 interpreter can run cannot be run by a Python 2 interpreter, which is what we'll be using to run your code. Make sure you have Python 2.7.

STEP 2: Install Python

(I'm installing 2.7.9 here, but the later versions shouldn't have changed much.)

Open the installer you just downloaded, and select Install for all users. Click Next.

Choose a location for your Python installation. Accept the default location (C:\Python27\) unless you have a really good reason not to. Click Next.

Make sure all of these features are being installed to the local hard drive, particularly this feature that will add python.exe to the Path. Click Next.

You may get a security prompt asking whether you want to allow Python to install software on your computer; click Yes.

A series of progress bars and a black box with some text in it will pop up across your screen - this is normal, let it happen! When it's finished, you should see this screen:

Click Finish, and follow me over to installing and setting up your development environment!

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