I'm using an Pentium 4 desktop PC, with an Intel Celeron 1,8 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 40 GB of hard disk space, partitioned into C:, D:, and E: drives.

I'm running Microsodt Windows XP Service Pack 2 on my computer.

I'm trying to install the MiKTeX 2.9.5823, which is available for download from the following URL:


However, when I visited the page with the URL


I noticed that amongst the required versions of Windows, there is no mention of Windows XP Service Pack 2.

Although Windows XP Service Pack 3 is one of the operating systems supported, I'm not so comfortable upgrading to Service Pack 3 because doing so has resulted in other problems, e.g., the HTML help files not showing any contents in the right pane.

MiKTeX 2.8 has reached the "end of life" status, as is mentioned on the following pages:



What are my options?

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    @SaaqibMahmuud: I did not say that you should switch to TL. And of course you will be able to use your own files -- I do hope you did not store them in the MikTeX tree, of course. MikTeX gets the packages from CTAN as does TeXLive.
    – user31729
    Dec 19, 2015 at 17:07
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    You tex files are text (note the extra t) that you can edit with any text editor, even notepad. You wont have any problems editing your files. TeX Live is a tiny bit more restrictive with respect to licenses, so a few packages less. But AFAIR all those that are missing aren't really doing anything useful.
    – Johannes_B
    Dec 19, 2015 at 17:10
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    @SaaqibMahmuud: Actually, according to that site, ProTeXt is somewhat a MikTeX clone, but not related to TeXLive. TL for Windows is available here: mirror.ctan.org/systems/texlive/tlnet/install-tl-windows.exe
    – user31729
    Dec 19, 2015 at 19:17
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    I would install either a native miktex (miktex.org/download) or a native texlive (tug.org/texlive). If it works you can then install an editor like winedt separatly. (btw: protext is based on miktex, not on texlive). Dec 19, 2015 at 19:31
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the op solved the problem (see comment) without telling how ...
    – Mensch
    Jun 9, 2016 at 19:45


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