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[Python-Dev] why is not 64-bit installer the default download link for Windows?

On 09.07.2018 19:01, Steve Dower wrote:
> On 09Jul2018 0803, Cosimo Lupo wrote:
>> If one goes to httWhps://www.python.org/downloads 
>> <https://www.python.org/downloads>?from a Windows browser, the 
>> default download URL is for the 32-bit installer instead of the 
>> 64-bit one.
>> I wonder why is this still the case?
>> Shouldn't we encourage new Windows users (who may not even know the 
>> distinction between the two architectures) to use the 64-bit version 
>> of Python, since most likely they can?
> The difficulty is that they *definitely* can use the 32-bit version, 
> and those few who are on older machines or older installs of Windows 
> may not understand why the link we provide didn't work for them.
> From the various telemetry I've seen (and I work at Microsoft, so I 
> have better access than most :) ), there is still enough 32-bit 
> Windows out there that I'm not confident enough with "most likely". I 
> haven't checked any location data (not even sure if we've got it), but 
> I'd guess that there's higher 32-bit usage among less privileged 
> countries and people.
> I've thought a bit about making a single installer that can offer the 
> option of 32-bit/64-bit at install time, but I don't actually think 
> it's that big a problem to deserve that much effort as a solution.
> Perhaps we should add non-button text below the button saying "Get the 
> 64-bit version"?

Maybe infer the bitness from User-Agent instead. This seems to be the 
trend among official sites in general.

> Cheers,
> Steve
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