Python PIP has issues with path for MS Visual Studio 2010 Express for 64-bit install on Windows 7

Ultimately I was able to get pip running. In a nutshell (and redundant from info above) here is what I did to intall 64-bit packages for python 3.3:

1) Installed Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Express Download Here (

2) Installed Microsoft SDK 7.1 (Windows 7) (

3) Built/enabled the 64-bit tools in SDK. Go to start menu and under Microsoft Windows SDK v7.1 folder, select Windows SDK 7.1 Command Prompt. A shell will come up. Type the following command setenv /x64.

4) I installed a fix (don’t know if it was ultimately needed.) (

5) Created a new vcvars64.bat file under C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VC\bin\amd64. Inside of that new batch file I included only the line CALL "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.1\Bin\SetEnv.cmd" /x64. I am assuming what this does is forces distutils to use the C++ compiler from the SDK. Pip installed correctly after this. As I understand, the C++ compiler has to be the same as that used to compile python 3.3. From my research, it seems that the SDK as installed is that same compiler but just doesn’t require that the original vcvars64.bat file be present. This information came from: . Please correct me if I am creating problems down the road with this solution. Thanks.

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