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IDLE won't start in Python 2.5 for Windows

I have Python 2.5 and Windows XP SP2. For a while, IDLE worked, but
now it doesn't. The last time I was using it, I was changing some
keyboard shortcuts, then the window suddenly disappeared. Since then,
I haven't been able to start it.

When I try to start it, I see pythonw.exe come up on my Task Manager
for about a second, then disappear. Other than that, I don't see any
hint as to what is happening. The Python command line works fine.

I tried rebooting, repairing Python, uninstalling and reinstalling
Python, and upgrading to version 2.5.1, but I still haven't fixed the
problem. Is there anything else I can do to fix it?

Elias
Jan 12 '08 #1
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On 12 jan 2008, at 01.18, mikez302 wrote:
I have Python 2.5 and Windows XP SP2. For a while, IDLE worked, but
now it doesn't. The last time I was using it, I was changing some
keyboard shortcuts, then the window suddenly disappeared. Since then,
I haven't been able to start it.

When I try to start it, I see pythonw.exe come up on my Task Manager
for about a second, then disappear. Other than that, I don't see any
hint as to what is happening. The Python command line works fine.

I tried rebooting, repairing Python, uninstalling and reinstalling
Python, and upgrading to version 2.5.1, but I still haven't fixed the
problem. Is there anything else I can do to fix it?

Elias
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http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/python-list
I suggest you try:
1) Cleaning the registry
2) Searching for IDLE preference files and delete them.
Corrupt preference settings are a common cause for application
misfunction
on all Operating Systems.
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"Home is not where you are born, but where your heart finds peace" -
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Jan 12 '08 #2
How would I go about cleaning the registry? What specifically should
I look for? Should I use any registry cleaner programs?

Where are the IDLE preference files stored? When I uninstalled
Python, it seems like everything was gone except for a few
personal .py and .pyc files.

Elias
Jan 12 '08 #3
I opened a command window in my Python25 folder and tried typing
pythonw. I just got another command prompt as if the program ran but
didn't do anything. It looked like this:

C:\Python25>pythonw

C:\Python25>
Jan 12 '08 #4
mikez302 wrote:
I opened a command window in my Python25 folder and tried typing
pythonw. I just got another command prompt as if the program ran but
didn't do anything. It looked like this:

C:\Python25>pythonw

C:\Python25>
"pythonw" is the console-less version of the Python runtime, so that's
expected. Try using "python" instead.

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Jan 12 '08 #5
Jan 13 '08 #6
I was able to start IDLE from the command line, and reset my keyboard
shortcuts. It works fine now. In case this happens again, where
would I find the config file?
Jan 14 '08 #7

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