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 Jan 10 '14 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 Jan 10 '14 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 Jan 10 '14 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 Jan 10 '14 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 Jan 10 '14 at 7:07

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 Sep 12 '14 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 Sep 14 '14 at 18:15

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