I ran a Google search but nothing too clear showed up. I'm looking for a Windows 7 compatible version of pdflatex.exe to help me in typesetting some math I have in an Illustrator project.

I heard about it through this tutorial: http://www.justskins.com/forums/math-equation-editing-in-86877.html

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Are you sure they are talking about `pdflatex.exe` and not about MathType? – Gonzalo Medina Mar 27 '12 at 0:12

`pdflatex.exe` is part of a whole suite of software called a TeX Distribution. You can't just download the executable. There are two main distributions available for Windows: TeX Live and MikTeX. Both are very good. Whether or not installing them and learning enough LaTeX to solve your problem is a worthwhile effort may well depend on how often you are likely to do what you're doing.

See the following question on the differences between the two distributions.

What are the advantages of TeX Live over MiKTeX?

If this is a one off type situation, you may also want to take a look at some of the online LaTeX compilers:

Compiling documents online

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If you're a beginner, proTeXt, which includes MiKTeX, might also be a good idea; see tex.stackexchange.com/a/26021/4012. – doncherry Mar 27 '12 at 8:07
Well, you can download it. Whether there is any point doing so is, of course, a different matter. – cfr Mar 12 at 23:18

I can not get the motivation behind asking only for `pdflatex`. Nevertheless, (for windows) you can download 'MiKTeX' basic installer and install. You can find `pdflatex` in the folder `C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin`.

If your intention is for writing some equations, you can try `Mathtype`. It has compatibility with many applications including Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

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Two formatting remarks: Please only use blockquote markup for stuff that's actually quoted from somewhere, not just for emphasis. Here on tex.sx, we also tend to use blockquote to mark (un)desired output in text form or error messages. For emphasis, we have bold and italic (although I'm not sure if making an entire paragraph bold is a great idea, I like to highlight single words only, which draws attention as well). And please avoid "here" links, it's better to link the title of the page/document/product you're linking to. – doncherry Mar 28 '12 at 14:10
@doncherry Thanks. I am sluggish with these formating things. I will try to improve. – Harish Kumar Mar 28 '12 at 16:16

W32TeX has split TeXLive 2013 into smaller parts

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Sorry I can't see a relations to the original question. Can you explain it a little bit more detailed? – Marco Daniel Jul 6 '13 at 9:20
While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – Marco Daniel Jul 6 '13 at 12:04

W32TeX offers this. It can be found at a mirror under pdftex-w32.

To get it to compile TeX you will also need the web2c-w32 and web2c-lib packages. If you want to compile LaTeX, add latex package as well.

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