Error compiling for board ESP8266

I am trying to compile a project where I use ESP8266 with arduino and I get the error message:
fork/exec C:\Documents and Settings\Bill\Local Settings\Application Data\Arduino15\packages\esp8266\tools\python3\3.7.2-post1/python3.exe: Το %1 is not a valid Win32 application.
Error compiling for board Generic ESP8266 Module
I am using |Windows XP, SP3
Can anyone help?

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The last version of Python that supported Windows XP is Python 3.4. The ESP8266 boards platform installs and uses Python 3.7.2, thus the error.

So you have two options:

  • Update your Windows to Vista or newer.
  • Download Python 3.4 and replace C:\Documents and Settings\Bill\Local Settings\Application Data\Arduino15\packages\esp8266\tools\python3\3.7.2-post1 with that installation.

I haven’t actually checked that the ESP8266 boards platform works with Python 3.4, but there is a good chance that it doesn’t require any of the features added between Python 3.4 and 3.7.

I am using arduino-1.8.9-windows.
I downloaded Python 3.4 and replaced C:\Documents and Settings\Bill\Local Settings\Application Data\Arduino15\packages\esp8266\tools\python3\3.7.2-post1 with the new installation but it still don't work.
It is still looking for python3 which doesn't exist.
Any other suggestion please?

Rename C:\Documents and Settings\Bill\Local Settings\Application Data\Arduino15\packages\esp8266\tools\python3\3.7.2-post1\python.exe to python3.exe

I renamed C:\Documents and Settings\Bill\Local Settings\Application Data\Arduino15\packages\esp8266\tools\python3\3.7.2-post1\python.exe to python3.exe as you suggested but this time I get the error:
pyserial or esptool directories not found next to this upload.py tool.

What should I do?

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I renamed C:\Documents and Settings\Bill\Local Settings\Application Data\Arduino15\packages\esp8266\tools\python3\3.7.2-post1\python.exe to python3.exe as you suggested but this time I get the error:
pyserial or esptool directories not found next to this upload.py tool.

Is there something else that you can suggest?