I have tried my best, but don't seem to get this one right. How do I enable shell escape in MikTeX?
Why XeLaTeX comes with a default for shell escape but not LaTeX?
You can enable write18 by writing
in DOS. You can get to the DOS window by hitting the windows Start button, click on "run" and write "cmd" (without the quotes obviously, this might also be slightly different for win7, I think there you can write cmd right in the search line that comes up after hitting the start button).
It might as well also work to do Start->run and then paste the above line right into this little run window (see below)
save and close the file. Now it should be permanently enabled with pdflatex.
Another way is to pass
Path of the compiler:
Arguments passed to the compiler
To do this on WinEdt, do the following: