After a brief introduction to Python programming language in the previous article, in this chapter, we will go ahead and install 64 bit Python on Windows 10 operating system before we start to write the python program in the next chapter. I assume most of you are using the 64 bit Windows operating system’s laptop or desktop if it is otherwise then you can follow the Python installation instructions either on Installing Python 3 on Mac OS or Installing Python 3 on Linux.

Let us go to the python homepage and download the latest version of the python package, in this case, Python 3.8.2!

Under the Files section of that download page, look for Windows x86-64 executable installer under the version section to download the 64bit Python for Windows 10 operating system.

After you have downloaded the Python installer and follow all necessary steps to install Python 3.8.2 on the Windows 10 OS, you will need to make the Windows os recognize the Python path on the computer hard drive! Do the following…

Under Control Panel, select System and Security, then System->Advanced system settings. Click on the Environment Variables button to open the Environment Variables panel, under the User variables section, select Path and click on the Edit button.
Click on the New button to add in the path where the Python installer has installed the Python 3.8.2 package on your laptop’s hard drive (probably under the AppData folder)
Next is the time to verify that the windows 10 operating system has recognized the path to the python 3.8.2 package on the hard drive. Open the windows command prompt and type in python –version which will show you the version of python which has been installed at the moment.
Next type in py then start to type in print(“Hello World!”) after the >>> sign within the command prompt, if everything is fine then Hello World! will be printed on the screen.

As you can see, Python code is really simple and easy as compared to Java which in order to print out the “Hello World!” phrase, we will need to write many lines of code instead of only one.

In the next chapter, we will start to write the python program. If you are really interested in learning Python, do check out this Python e-book!

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