I have a Python script that I've frozen to a Win32 *.exe with cx_Freeze 4.3.2, Python 3.3.2, Win7, using the default base. It has worked fine for months on Windows XP and 7. However, I noticed that if there is a non-ASCII character on the path to the executable, it crashes with this error message:
"Fatal Python error: cannot get zipimporter instance"
I can take a stable version of my script/exe/package with a path like this one, which works fine:
...and add a non-ASCII character to the path...
...and when the path is like this, the error occurs when launching the frozen program.
I have tested this with Chinese, Cherokee, and Cyrillic characters...they all consistently cause the issue independently, and I can always "fix" it by removing the non-ASCII characters.
Please let me know if you need any additional info or testing on my end.