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Is there a way to create a custom installer for Python 3.5?

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We will be creating tutorials for kids who would like to learn Python. In order to avoid the hassle and bewilderment you can experience as a novice when it comes to install Python on different Windows computers, we would like, if possible, to make an installation packet with Python which will take care of everything so that the would be programmer does not have to deal with PATH variables etc.

Would it also be possible to bundle some of the add-ons/libraries in the same installation package? For example, if we will make a tutorial which requires PyGame, could we in some way use an intelligent packet installer which will install Python 3.5 in the right place, fix the PATH variable, etc, and then, at the same time, install PyGame properly?
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by:Vadim Rapp
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Yes, it's certainly possible. You can learn how to do it, or hire someone, depending on your experience in installation packaging area and access to the installation-authoring tools
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by:Dag Wolters
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Thanks Vadim! I am working as a co-ordinator for our tutorial project, and we do have some people who could definitely learn this if you, or someone else, could point to a user friendly (especially end user friendly) packet installer which would go well with the above scenario. So, are there any installer software which stands out when it comes to make a really good end user experience in your opinion and which we should try out?
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by:Dag Wolters
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Is there any one else who can help us choosing the right installer for the above scenario?
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by:Vadim Rapp
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I personally prefer Wise for Windows Installer, but it's (1) discontinued and no longer legally available, and (2) was expensive.

From the current choices, Installshield comes to mind, but it's not free either.

There's a number of installation-authoring titles available on the market, the trick is to pick one that has right mix of features that you need (such as installing another software as part of the process), and that you can learn within whatever timeframe you have for this project. For example, WiX is free and capable, but you have to basically write XML in Notepad. Another possibility is Visual Studio 2008 with its Setup and deployment project.

The choice also depends on the current installation of Python, and whether it can be customized. If not, it can be "repackaged" into MSI-based installation, but this requires quite a qualification.

Regarding end user experience - if you create an MSI installation, user interface is pretty standard, up to no interface at all, i.e. you can launch the installation completely silent, or with only progress bar that can be cancelled, or with progress bar that can't be cancelled, and more. How you launch it also depends - if you have active directory, you can assign the installation in group policy, for example, or make it available to the user in "install programs from the network" in Control Panel/Programs and Features
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According to https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/, before version 3.5 there was an MSI distribution.
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