Problem importing arcpy

Discussion created by philwdonnelly on Nov 29, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 29, 2011 by philwdonnelly
Hello everybody.
I have had Python 2.6 installed and I have been able to create and run non-GIS related Python scripts over the past few days as I attempt to learn the basics of the language.
I have now installed ArcGIS10 and as Python 2.6 was already there ArcGIS didn't try/need to install it.
Python code runs fine in the ArcGIS Python Window including "import arcpy"
However neither neither Pythonwin nor Idle will accept "import arcpy"
The error returned is:
ImportError: No module named arcpy
I thought I could run GIS scripts outside of ArcGIS but maybe this isn't possible or is it just a path setting?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions