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


Ivan Pozdeev via Python-Dev writes:

 > "One or more issues caused the setup to fail. Please fix the issues and 
 > the retry setup. For more information see the log file <hypelink>.
 > 
 > 0x80070661 - This installation package is not supported by this 
 > processor type. Contact your product vendor."
 > 
 > Pretty descriptive in my book.

Experience shows that's definitely not descriptive enough for my
university's students (and starting from AY 2021 we're moving to
Python 3 as the university-wide programming course language, yay!)
They have no idea that "processor type" means "word size", or what
alternative package to look for.  Sometimes they take the "contact
vendor" wording to mean "package is broken".  I don't think the
Japanese or Chinese students will have 32-bit machines (haven't seen
one among my advisees since March 2016), but we do get some students
from less wealthy countries who may be using older machines.

So I think it would be really nice if the installer detects the
wordsize mismatch, and issues an explicit message like

    This package is intended for a 64-it machine, but yours is a 32-bit
    machine.

    Please download and install the package specifically for 32-bit
    machines instead.