I'm trying to install a .cls file on a Windows 8 machine, using the editor TeXnicCenter and the distribution MikTex 2.9. I have been directed to other threads, but find them incomprehensible.

This is not a duplicate. None of the threads I have found have answered my question.

I installed the out-of-the-box version of TeXnicCenter from CTAN. I have downloaded the exam.cls class file which I would like to use. But I have no idea how to install it.

Every other thread I could find uses language I do not understand, e.g. local file trees, etc. Moreover, the instructions say "click start, ...". While Windows 8 does not have a start button.

I need a step-by-step guide on how to get this class file installed and working. I don't even know where the files are kept. I really am a newbie when it comes to doing anything other than typesetting. Please be kind and patient. Karma will reward you!

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    As an initial thing you don't need to install the file at all, just put it in the same folder as your document. – David Carlisle Jun 25 '13 at 20:06
  • @DavidCarlisle You're a legend! How simple was that?! People were telling me that I need to install it, i.e. make a directory, put it in there then update some database via command prompt windows(?) I guess I could just paste it into every directory that I need it. Thanks David! – Fly by Night Jun 25 '13 at 20:41
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    I don't really recommend that you paste every package to every directory, things soon get out of hand. I just mentioned this to show that "installing" is essentially trivial you can put the files anywhere so long as you tell tex where to put them. However the advantage of using a package manager like miktex or texlive is that it knows where it put things and so can handle updates etc. So it is better to use miktex as designed, but you can figure that out in your own time, if you just want to get your document finished, the current folder works. I can't help with miktex details, never used it. – David Carlisle Jun 25 '13 at 20:45
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    Given that this is MikTeX, the easiest way is to use MikTeX's package manager; exam.cls is on CTAN. Follow MikTeX's own instructions for its package manager. – Sean Allred Jun 25 '13 at 22:04
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    have you seen this one? How can I manually install a package on MiKTeX (Windows) As @SeanAllred says, exam.cls can be found using MikTeX's package manager- there's no need to do anything 'fancy' in this case... btw- TeXnicCenter has nothing to do with the package management – cmhughes Jun 25 '13 at 22:16