installations and the registry in win7

Greetings all --
I'm in the process of loading needed software packages to a new, nearly 
empty windows7 computer.
In particular, I need mercurial, which is implemented in python, and so I 
also need to install python.

When I tried installing mercurial without python, it printed an error that I 
needed python 2.6.  So I went to python.org, and the closest I could find 
was 2.7.2.  I downloaded and installed that, but when I went back to try and 
install mercurial again, it gave the same error -- something about needing 
python 2.6 which it looked for and didn't find in the registry.

These installers are all binaries, so I have no idea what registry entries 
mercurial is looking for.

Does anyone have advice? I suppose I could get the mercurial source and 
compile it with python 2.7.2.  But really, I think there should be a simpler 
solution.

TIA for any comments.

www == "wrestling with windows"...*smile*
--le

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