Unable to run GIS tools that access arcpy

Discussion created by welchhm on Feb 27, 2014
Latest reply on Apr 6, 2014 by welchhm

I've searched the discussion forums but have been unable to find a solution to my problem...
I recently installed a new version of GIS (10.2).  I had an old version of python (2.6) on my computer, and so the GIS installation included a new version of python (2.7, 32bit). I needed to install a new version of Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools (MGET), which requires python and pywin32 to run. The MGET installation found the two versions of python in the registry and kept failing to install properly, so I deleted all versions of python and pywin from my computer to start fresh (which I'm now thinking was a big mistake). I reinstalled python (2.7.6, 32bit) on my computer here: C:\Python27.

But now when I run a GIS tool that needs access to arcpy, say Raster Calculator, I get the following error:
ERROR 000539: Error running expression: rcexec()
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<expression>", line 1, in <module>
File "<string>", line 2, in rcexec
File "c:\programe files (x86)\arcgis\desktop10.2\arcpy\arcpy\__init__.py", line 33, in <module>
   import arcpy.utils as utils
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'utils'

I'm thinking that GIS is not recognizing the new python version, or is missing a pathway.  I have a very basic understanding of how these two programs link together, but I've been trying to follow this thread http://forums.arcgis.com/threads/23230-quot-ImportError-No-module-named-arcpy-quot-PYTHON and I seem to have a similar problem.  I'm hoping to avoid having to remove all python and GIS programs from my computer and reinstall again...any help would be greatly appreciated. 

Some other info in case it's helpful:
-Only one version of python installed (2.7.6 32bit, C:\Python27)
-GIS is here: C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.2
-Also have these files
   C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.2\arcpy
   C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.2\bin
-Don't have this file

Apologies if I'm not providing the correct information...