On Windows, the Conformer Generator does not run as it cannot find a Python distribution
The Conformer Generator program requires a Python distribution to be available and set up as the default to run Python scripts on your system. If a suitable Python distribution cannot be found, then the conformer generator may fail with a message relating to Python not being found.
There are two methods to resolve this situation and both require a Python distribution to be available - this can be either your own Python distribution, or the miniconda Python that we include with the CSD Portfolio. We would recommend using the latter.
The two solutions are:
1. Define the Python to be used when running the conformer generator in the command line, using the conformer_generator script as an argument, e.g.
2. The second option is to setup your Python to be the default to run. This can be done via the Windows file associations. To do so, right-click on a Python file (e.g. the conformer_generator.py file) and select Properties. Select Change in the Opens With entry and navigate to the Python you want to use, e.g. "%USERPROFILE%\CCDC\ccdc-software\csd-python-api\miniconda\python.exe". Once done, all .py file should now open the selected Python when you attempt to run them.