It would be nice to be able to silently install from the compiled EXE for PyWin. Unless there is a way to install it from source without requiring full blown VS2008 that I haven't been able to find?
This is often requested, but unfortunately is not supported by the 'bdist_wininst' command in distutils which is used to create the installer.
A work around is to extract and copy the files manually, then run the command "python pywin32_postinstall.py -install" after the files are in place.
The files can be extracted either by installing the executable into a clean Python install and copying the files manually, or opening the .exe as a ZIP file and extracting directly from there - some tools may require you to rename the ..exe to .zip before this will work (but the .exe is a valid zip file)
Closing as "wont fix" as the fix needs to be in Python itself (ie, in distutils) rather than pywin32.