How do I install TeX/LaTeX on Windows 7
For some years I've been using Scientific WorkPlace (WYSIWYG front end to TeX for Windows) to create LaTeX documents, whose installation and use are very easy. The main disadvantage is that changes to the typeset format of the different shells are not supported by the supplier, apart from not allowing
\def. Also there are very few shells that have headers and footers and the existing ones are not configurable.
As such I would like to install and use on Windows 7 a free TeX software. The AMS page http://www.ams.org/publications/authors/tex/public-domain-tex says:
Installation and use of free TeX software may require some technical expertise. The level depends on the distribution. Most packages are accompanied by relevant documentation.
I would have no support from anybody to carry out the installation.
- Which are the free TeX/LaTeX software products whose installation is relatively simple?
- Which packages do you advise as a minimum to create mathematical articles with figures and headers, and configurable text width and height?
EDIT. Based on the comments it seems that I have to choose between two options: TeX Live or MiKTeX.