When trying to do a complete intallation of MikTex 2.8 the setup wizard returns the following error:

The operation could not be completed for the following reason: File name database capacity exceeded.

I know this error was posted about here:

MikTex 2.9 Installation Error: File name database capacity exceeded.

The suggested solution seems to be to use the most recent version of the setup wizard. I want to install MikTex 2.8 (and not 2.9 because 2.9 does not work correctly on my computer), and I am using setup-2.8.3553.exe. How can I find out if there is a more recent version of the 2.8 setup wizard? There don't seem to be any choices given from the download website, it only provides one setup file to use:


I also know that doing a basic installation instead of a complete installation will work fine, but it would be nice to know if a complete installation is just not possible.

Thanks for your help.

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    Welcome to TeX.SE! At the top of the MikTeX 2.8 page you reference is this warning: MiKTeX 2.8 is considered out-of-date. It is recommended that you install MiKTeX 2.9 instead. Unsurprisingly, I can't find any setup*.exe files for MikTeX 2.8 on the miktex.org site. You mention that MikTeX 2.9 doesn't run correctly on your computer. Have you tried downloading and installing TeXLive 2011 instead of MikTeX?
    – Mico
    Jan 18, 2012 at 14:24
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    What is the reason 2.9 does not work on your computer? Are you using Windows 2000? miktex.org/2.8
    – matth
    Jan 18, 2012 at 14:34
  • @Mico - Thanks for the suggestion, I will give TeXLive a try.
    – HRC
    Jan 20, 2012 at 14:19
  • @Matth - I am using Windows 7. My issue with using 2.9 is described in this question: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/40659/…
    – HRC
    Jan 20, 2012 at 14:20
  • @HRC Ok, I see. I support Ulrikes comments, here and in the linked thread. Usually new versions reduce the number of bugs, so if I were in your place I would a) uninstall all TeX distributions, b) install one up-to-date distribution (i.e. MiKTeX 2.9), c) run the update manager and d) create a MWE. If you use MiKTeX, you should also read this post: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/29616/… I once had a silly conflict between packages in the admin folder and in the user folder.
    – matth
    Jan 21, 2012 at 9:16

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The bug will not be fixed for 2.8: http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=3427919&group_id=10783&atid=110783. So you should better try to find out how to install and use 2.9. If it doesn't work due to a bug: Make a bug report so that it can be fixed.

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