I have a 64-bit System running Windows 7. I installed MiKTeX and then tried to install the TeXnicCenter editor.

All went well until I clicked on the TeXnicCenter icon on my desktop and was asked

Enter the full path of the directory where the executable (latex, tex, etc) of your TeX-distribution is located

I answered C:\Program Files (x86)\TeXnicCenter - which is where the TeXnicCenter download went! But there is a problem - the error message is as follows:

The application 'LaTeX' has not been found in the directory of your TeX-distribution is located

Please enter the directory where the executiable files (tex.exe, latex.exe, etc) are located.

I am beginning to wonder if there is something else I should have downloaded other than the TeXnicCenter system?

Can anyone help?

4 Answers 4


MiKTeX and TeXnicCenter are two different things. The former is a distribution of TeX that includes a bunch of packages as well as the executables latex.exe, pdflatex.exe, tex.exe, etc. The latter is an editor that provides a front end to the distribution. You should point TeXnicCenter to where you installed MiKTeX, not TeXnicCenter itself.

On my machine, running TeXnicCenter on Windows 7 with TeX Live 2011 (yet another distribution of TeX), my setup looks like this:

TeXnicCenter building profiles

These building profiles (I have a bunch of them, as you can see from the list on the left) are set up when you first start TeXnicCenter. The "Path to the (La)TeX compiler" is the location of latex.exe on your machine. Depending on where you installed MiKTeX, that's where latex.exe resides. I'm guessing it would be somewhere in:

C:\Program Files\MiKTeX\2.9\bin\


C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX\2.9\bin\

depending on whether you installed a 64-bit version of 2.9.

Edit: I may be wrong in my path assumption above. @doncherry has pointed out that this may in fact be

C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\

Goes to show the installation structure of different installation may be noticeably different.

  • It used to be C:\...\Miktex 2.x\miktex\bin has this changed in the 2.9 version? (Not that it matters because it is sufficient to search in which folder latex.exe is but just for correctness)
    – Martin H
    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:58
  • @MartinH: I may have been incorrect in my path specification. It stems from the installation folders offered by TeX Live, which has a .\texlive\<version>\bin structure rather than what MiKTeX offers. At least it guides to the appropriate location.
    – Werner
    Oct 13, 2011 at 14:06
  • For me it was automatically installed in C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin. This seems to be the default.
    – Chogg
    Jun 24, 2015 at 18:01

I think the most reliable way is to go to MikTex console->setting->Directories->"Links to the executables have been installed in"

Somehow mine is

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Programs\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\x64


I agree with everything that Werner said except the path. I have the same setup as Peter (Win7 64bit), and my path is

C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin

The output profile looks like this (I have several non-standard profiles as well):

So, quick overview:

MiKTeX, TeX Live = distributions of LaTeX, i.e. "the LaTeX system itself"

TeXnicCenter, TeXworks, ... = editors set up for LaTeX

You might have come across proTeXt as well; this is a bundle containing, among other things, a LaTeX distribution (MiKTeX) and a LaTeX editor (TeXnicCenter).

  • 2
    One correction: If your MikTex is a 64 bit version, then the directory is: C:\Program Files\MiKTeX\2.9\bin\x64 Don't ignore the last part, otherwise it won't work.
    – user10510
    Jan 5, 2012 at 17:13
  • For me (using a 64-bit version of MikTeX with TeXnicCenter) the info provided by Yaa-See was the key to getting everything up and running. Please don't delete that comment, it IS exactly the answer I was looking for! To the moderator -feel free to delete this post.
    – user11488
    Feb 5, 2012 at 23:32

MiKTeX changed it to:


if you choose "Install Miktex only for me" as recommended https://miktex.org/howto/install-miktex

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