I am new to TeX/LaTeX. How do I install TeX on Windows (7)? It seems that there are many different implementations, so which one is best for my OS?
You can choose between TeX Live and MiKTeX. In practice it does not make a difference which distribution you use. Especially if you are new to LaTeX. However you should take care that you install the full version, with all packages, and not a minimal or base version.
Both install a basic editor (TeXworks). I have the experience from my workshops with students, that they have problems with that editor. I introduced TeXstudio which worked quite well in the lectures.
Some hints beside the selection of distribution:
Don't install it in the
You may get problems with the authorization concept of win7.
And important: No spaces in installation path! Some tools will get problems.