Troubleshooting on Windows

Not a valid Win32 application

When I load one of the Python modules I get:

ImportError: DLL load failed: %1 is not a valid Win32 application.

This means your Python interpreter (on Windows) cannot load a Python module since the module is not a valid Win32 DLL file. One cause of this could be mismatch between a 64-bit Python and 32-bit build module (or vice versa).

Unable to find an entry point in DLL

When I try to import one of the Python-bindings I get:

ImportError: DLL load failed: The specified procedure could not be found.

Make sure the DLL is built for the right WINAPI version, check the value of WINVER of your build. and build errors

Unable to find vcvarsall.bat

When running I get:

error: Unable to find vcvarsall.bat

Make sure the environment variable VS90COMNTOOLS is set, e.g. for Visual Studio 2010:


Or set it to a path:

set VS90COMNTOOLS="C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\Tools\"

ValueError: [u’path’] when running

When running I get:

ValueError: [u'path']

Try running the command from the “Windows SDK 7.1” or “Visual Studio” Command Prompt.

I’m getting linker “unresolved externals” errors when running

If you’re building a 64-bit version of a Python binding Visual Studio 2010 express make sure to use “Windows SDK 7.1 Command Prompt”.