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[1.6.x] Fixed #16205 -- Added an installation for Windows.

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+ windows
.. seealso::
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+How to install Django on Windows
+This document will guide you through installing Python and Django for basic
+usage on Windows. This is meant as a beginner's guide for users working on
+Django projects and does not reflect how Django should be installed when
+developing patches for Django itself.
+The steps in this guide have been tested with Windows 7 and 8. In other
+versions, the steps would be similar.
+Install Python
+Django is a Python web framework, thus requiring Python to be installed on your
+To install Python on your machine go to, and
+download a Windows MSI installer for Python. Once downloaded, run the MSI
+installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
+After installation, open the command prompt and check the Python version by
+executing ``python --version``. If you encounter a problem, make sure you
+have set the ``PATH`` variable correctly. You might need to adjust your
+``PATH`` environment variable to include paths to the Python executable and
+additional scripts. For example, if your Python is installed in
+``C:\Python34\``, the following paths need to be added to ``PATH``::
+ C:\Python34\;C:\Python34\Scripts;
+Install Setuptools
+To install Python packages on your computer, Setuptools is needed. Download the
+latest version of `Setuptools <>`_ for
+your Python version and follow the installation instructions given there.
+Install PIP
+`PIP <>`_ is a package manager for Python that
+uses the `Python Package Index <>`_ to install Python
+packages. PIP will later be used to install Django from PyPI.
+Open a command prompt and execute ``easy_install pip``. This will install
+``pip`` on your system. This command will work if you have successfully
+installed Setuptools.
+Alternatively, go to `<>`_
+for installing/upgrading instructions.
+Install Django
+Django can be installed easily using ``pip``.
+In the command prompt, execute the following command: ``pip install django``.
+This will download and install Django.
+After the installation has completed, you can verify your Django installation
+by executing `` --version`` in the command prompt.
+.. versionchanged:: 1.7
+ In Django 1.7, a ``.exe`` has been introduced, so just use
+ ``django-admin`` in place of ```` in the command prompt.
+See :ref:`database-installation` for information on database installation
+with Django.
+Common pitfalls
+* If ```` only displays the help text no matter what arguments
+ it is given, there is probably a problem with the file association in
+ Windows. Check if there is more than one environment variable set for
+ running Python scripts in ``PATH``. This usually occurs when there is more
+ than one Python version installed.
+* If you are connecting to the internet behind a proxy, there might be problem
+ in running the commands ``easy_install pip`` and ``pip install django``.
+ Set the environment variables for proxy configuration in the command prompt
+ as follows::
+ set http_proxy=http://username:password@proxyserver:proxyport
+ set https_proxy=https://username:password@proxyserver:proxyport
+* Executing ```` opens up a text file. This is due to the text
+ editor being the default program for ``.py`` files. This must be changed
+ to the ``python.exe`` located in the folder where Python is installed.
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.. admonition:: Python on Windows
- On Windows, you might need to adjust your ``PATH`` environment variable
- to include paths to Python executable and additional scripts. For example,
- if your Python is installed in ``C:\Python27\``, the following paths need
- to be added to ``PATH``::
- C:\Python27\;C:\Python27\Scripts;
+ If you are just starting with Django and using Windows, you may find
+ :doc:`/howto/windows` useful.
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