I'm about to have my students use LaTeX. I'm a Mac user, so a simple install of MacTeX is very straightforward.

I'm concerned about students installing MiKTeX on Windows 8 as the system requirements on miktex.org say:

MiKTeX 2.9 requires one of the following Windows operating systems:

Windows 7

Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (all editions except Starter Edition)

Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (all editions except Starter Edition)

So, OK to install on Windows 8? Any Windows 8 users out there using MiKTeX 2.9 successfully? If so, any installation suggestions I can share with my students?

  • miktex installs on windows 8 with no problems. Just match the 32 bit or 64 bit thing.
    – user11232
    Commented Jan 10, 2014 at 2:23
  • Yes it works fine on windows 8, there are plenty of videos on youtube that go through the installation process, just do a quick google search.
    – fYre
    Commented Jan 10, 2014 at 3:06
  • I’m a (usually) happy user of MiKTeX myself (Win7), but you should know, that there is a Windows version of TeX Live as well, what should much more similar to your MacTeX installation. It could otherwise happen, that something works on your machine, but not on machines with MiKTeX install, since this must be installed separately (on the other hand some things are present in MiKTeX, but not in TeX Live).)
    – Speravir
    Commented Jan 10, 2014 at 3:06
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    You can use 32-bit MiKTeX also on 64-bit machines. That’s in fact much better, because some binaries are not available for 64-bit (notably biber AFAIK).
    – Speravir
    Commented Jan 10, 2014 at 3:23
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    Note that you could alternatively have your students install TeX Live on Windows: MacTeX is TeX Live + some Mac 'extras'. For the LaTeX course I run, we favour TeX Live simply because it means everyone has the same set up (essentially), at the cost of needing more disk space 'up front'.
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented Jan 10, 2014 at 7:07

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As a number of users report, there are no problems with installing MiKTeX 2.9 in Windows 8.

Let me by the way point to some notorious caveats not related to Windows 8:

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    +1, I'm running MiKTeX fine on Win 8. The only issue I faced was that the start menu entry for updating it is called Update (Admin) instead of MiKTeX Update (as suggested by the official article on that subject). I've just posted to the mailing list about this issue.
    – ComFreek
    Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 21:16
  • @ComFreek: Thx for your reply. BTW also on Win 7 the menu entry is by default Update or Update (Admin) without the distinctive “MiKTeX”. I’ve added this manually on my own machine.
    – Speravir
    Commented Sep 14, 2014 at 18:15

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