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How does one change the typesetting engine from pdfLaTeX to LuaTeX in TeXnicCenter? Is it sufficient to just change the path to the .exe in Build->Define Output Profiles?

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You can try to do this and then read the log file to see if LuaTeX was used. –  Sigur Dec 29 '12 at 11:07
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Welcome to TeX.SE! –  cmhughes Dec 29 '12 at 17:34
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Are you sure you want luatex and not lualatex? (Note that the engines, as written on the command line, are all lower case.) Also, I would suggest copying the output profile you want to change, so that you can easily switch back to pdflatex. –  doncherry Dec 29 '12 at 19:42
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You should first copy the output profile “LaTeX ⇨ PDF” into a new profile “LuaLaTeX ⇨ PDF” and in this new profile you can replace pdflatex.exe with lualatex.exe. –  Speravir Dec 29 '12 at 22:12

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If you install TeXnicCenter 2.0 Beta 1, the option to compile with LuaLaTeX is already available as follows:

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Note that TeXnicCenter 2.0 Beta 1 (either 32 or 64 bit version) still does NOT support Unicode even though it claims to support UTF-8. That is its feature!

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TeXnicCenter 2.0 does support UTF8, at least here by me! It must be another local issue on your computer. –  Speravir Dec 29 '12 at 22:01
    
@Speravir: I have no idea how to solve it. –  cyanide-based food Dec 30 '12 at 1:50

Yes, that should be enough- as @Sigur says, you'll be able to tell by reading the .log file.

When I compile the MWE \documentclass{article}\begin{document}hello world\end{document} using pdflatex the first line of the .log file is

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.4-1.40.13 (TeX Live 2012) (format=pdflatex 2012.12.20)  29 DEC 2012 09:32

and when I compile using lualatex the first line of the .log file is

This is LuaTeX, Version beta-0.70.2-2012062812 (TeX Live 2012) (format=lualatex 2012.12.20)  29 DEC 2012 09:35
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