We noticed an office-wide installation of Python 2.7.15 this morning at 5:30am.
The installation pushed Python 2.7.15 into a standalone folder on the C:/ drive of all our PCs. If there are two instances of Python on the machine, ArcGIS Desktop cannot recognize which Python instance to use, thus dropping functionality with the ArcPy module.
This is easily tested by launching the arcpy window in ArcMap and typing in import arcpy. The application crashes...
I assumed it was an auto-install setting in ArcGIS, but then we would expect the install to occur within the ArcGIS installation folder/directory and not a standalone install outside of programfiles.
Has anyone else experienced this?
We are on a campus that has fairly strict firewalls and the IT department was unaware of the automatic install.
This seems like a bug that could be reported but wanted to reach out to this community first.