Any Help For a Python Error?


  1. Posts : 436
    win10
       #1

    Any Help For a Python Error?


    I just had to put my third or fourth new win10 install on this machine and now I'm into the usual hassles: much of my software won't run.

    In this instance it is powershell in admin mode running youtube-dl.

    It is in the user path. I can't edit the system vars, don't know why, they're greyed out.

    I get this error in powershell:

    PS C:\Windows\system32> youtube-dl
    Fatal Python error: Py_Initialize: unable to load the file system codec
    ImportError: No module named 'encodings'

    I just downloaded and installed the latest version of Python. Hasn't helped.

    Does anyone have any idea what might be going wrong?

    :)
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  2. Posts : 69
    Multiboot: Win10 Pro 1909 18363.535 X2
       #2

    You might need an older version for some software to run. You can have more than one version of Python installed.
    I have to install v2.7 to use PyTivo.
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  3. Posts : 8,697
    Mac OS Catalina
       #3

    This would not be a a windows issue, so do not be quick to blame. Youtube-dl has had ongoing Python error’s since the beginning. Issues . ytdl-org/youtube-dl . GitHub Call it bad coding and the fact that Google aka Alphabet along with the video owners are doing everything they can to combat this kind of piracy.
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  4. Posts : 436
    win10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Ahh... old version... I'll try it, thanks.

    and 'piracy' ? perhaps I wouldn't be so quick to judge. I find it a better downloader for items that are available for download as it stands.....
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  5. Posts : 1,169
    win10 home
       #5

    Perhaps you could try 4K video downloader as an alternative.Never had a problem with youtube or win10.
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  6. Posts : 436
    win10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    thanks, okay, I'll give it a go because that old version of python hasn't helped...

    it's funny. i have another computer running win10 and completely up to date, I think - and I put this one up brand new so therefore also up to date - and this one won't work with VLC and has python errors and the other one is fine.

    I've had continuing hassles with this particular computer for about two years now. I just can't understand it. Seems unreal to me.
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  7. Posts : 8,697
    Mac OS Catalina
       #7

    abrogard said:
    thanks, okay, I'll give it a go because that old version of python hasn't helped...

    it's funny. i have another computer running win10 and completely up to date, I think - and I put this one up brand new so therefore also up to date - and this one won't work with VLC and has python errors and the other one is fine.

    I've had continuing hassles with this particular computer for about two years now. I just can't understand it. Seems unreal to me.
    Maybe it is time to do a clean install of Windows. youtube-dl lacks an easy way to download best 4K format, adding sound and converting to mp4 . Issue #15593 . ytdl-org/youtube-dl . GitHub Really cannot tell you which programs are out there for 4k video offline viewing, you will have to do that search if you wish.
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  8. Posts : 69
    Multiboot: Win10 Pro 1909 18363.535 X2
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    I have been using 4K Video Downloader Premium since 2014. 15 beans. Worth it
    Activate 4K Video Downloader Premium Features | 4K Download
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  9. Posts : 1,169
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       #9

    Have a look at your Reliability History and see if it give any clues as to the cause of the problems.Two years is quite a long time to put up with problems of any kind.Perhaps you could start by eliminating Win10 issues with a clean install as suggested,then a methodical check of hardware,one at a time.
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  10. Posts : 436
    win10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Yes, I just put up this new install three days ago. On a totally new WD disk. It is all brand new.

    I fixed the python thing with help from the python forum. No, it wasn't a windows thing.

    Thanks for the help.

    :)
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