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I had MiKTeX, with TeXworks and Texmaker running fine on my Windows 7 machine, except the package manager crashed whenever I opened it. So I decided to uninstall and reinstall everything LaTeX on my computer.

Now, after reinstalling MiKTeX and Texmaker, the TeXworks that comes with MiKTeX works fine, however Texmaker keeps saying:

The memory dump file could not be found. pdflatex: Data: pdflatex.fmt

I have also installed Lyx and LEd, and they bring up similar errors.

What I've tried:

  • Rebooting my computer a few times
  • Uninstalling and reinstalling MiKTeX and Texworks a few times
  • Typing initexmf --dump into Windows' command prompt
  • Going into MiKTeX's settings and updating the formats

Those are all what I'd seen suggested on this forum and others, but they don;t work for me. It seems weird that MiKTeX's own TeXworks works, whilst all other editors don't. I guess it's not the end of the world - I can still write LaTeX documents, it's just that other editors offer many more features that I've come to really like.

Thanks for any help anybody gives me, I really appreciate it!

P.S. If it helps at all, MiKTeX is installed in my "Program Files" folder, whereas the other editors are installed in my "Program Files (x86)" folder, which I just noticed. Could that be a problem? Note: Just re-installed LEd into the "Program Files" folder instead, didn't help.

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Welcome to TeX.SX! –  Claudio Fiandrino Dec 8 '13 at 18:01
Does this help? tex.stackexchange.com/q/81739/27635 –  karlkoeller Dec 8 '13 at 19:39
@karlkoeller Thanks for the reply, unfortunately not. –  JetpackAwaaay Dec 8 '13 at 22:57

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I had the same question today.

It was said that you should run TeXmaker as administrator, and I have tried that; it works.

As for the reason, it says may the path in your Windows 7 system have some problems.

Not so confident to run as administrator every time, so if you have solved the problem without this, please share.

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