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[issue14672] Windows installer: add desktop shortcut(s)
New submission from Jeff Dean <python.x.jsd@xoxy.net>:

Spun off from Issue3561:

I recently saw Brian Curtin's Pycon 2012 presentation. If a goal is to make it easy for new Windows users to run python, consider (optionally) installing a desktop shortcut. This would make it easy for new users to run python (easier than starting up a shell). This does not require the path to be modified.

The installer could also (optionally) add a shortcut for starting up a command interpreter with the path modified (for just that shortcut), in case command line access is needed. This would not be necessary if the python being installed is added to the path.

The first shortcut would be enabled by default, to help truly novice users. Other users could turn it off, or just delete the shortcut.

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components: Installation
messages: 159355
nosy: jdigital
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Windows installer: add desktop shortcut(s)
type: enhancement

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[issue14672] Windows installer: add desktop shortcut(s) [ In reply to ]
Daniel Swanson <popcorn.tomato.dude@gmail.com> added the comment:

I am using windows and as I recall, it installed a desktop shortcut for me. but I could be wrong.

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nosy: +weirdink13

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[issue14672] Windows installer: add desktop shortcut(s) [ In reply to ]
Martin v. Löwis <martin@v.loewis.de> added the comment:

Is it really the case that novice users fail to understand the Start menu?

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nosy: +loewis

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[issue14672] Windows installer: add desktop shortcut(s) [ In reply to ]
Changes by Antoine Pitrou <pitrou@free.fr>:


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[issue14672] Windows installer: add desktop shortcut(s) [ In reply to ]
Daniel Swanson <popcorn.tomato.dude@gmail.com> added the comment:

Never mind. I think I used the start menu to do it myself.

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[issue14672] Windows installer: add desktop shortcut(s) [ In reply to ]
Daniel Swanson <popcorn.tomato.dude@gmail.com> added the comment:

What's the start menu?
hahaha
I think that this issue is pointless, it takes 3 clicks to make a desktop shortcut (if have a lot of programs on your computer, maybe 4) any Windows user should know how to do it.

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