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Can't Install setuptools 0.9.7

Question asked by huffmanp on Jul 26, 2013
Latest reply on Nov 14, 2013 by narnold
I'm stumped by my inability to install setuptools 0.9.7 on Windows 7,64, python 2.7.2. On running I got the error:
Downloading Extracting in c:\users\paul\appdata\local\temp\tmptm3fqf Now working in c:\users\paul\appdata\local\temp\tmptm3fqf\setuptools-0.9.7 Installing Setuptools Something went wrong during the installation. See the error message above.  Traceback (most recent call last):   File "C:\Users\Paul\Documents\pyscripts\", line 264, in <module>     sys.exit(main()) SystemExit: 2

Because python is installed down in c:\python27\arcgis10.1, I thought I'd try adding an environmental variable %PYTHON_PATH% and append it to %PATH%, but I got the same messages as above. But at least I can start python from any folder now. 

Could it be that the python that ArcGIS installs is 32 bit, but the version of setuptools I downloaded is 64 bit, that somehow the download site sensed my OS?