I am new to TeX/LaTeX. How do I install TeX on Windows (7)? It seems that there are many different implementations, so which one is best for my OS?


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You can choose between TeX Live and MiKTeX. In practice, it does not make a difference in which distribution you use. Especially if you are new to LaTeX. However, you should take care that you install the full version, with all packages, and not a minimal or base version.

You get MiKTeX from here (choose the 'MiKTeX 2.9 Net Installer') and TeX Live here.

Both install a basic editor (TeXworks). I have the experience from my workshops with students, that they have problems with that editor. I introduced TeXstudio which worked quite well in the lectures.

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    Please add a short description of your student's problems with TeXworks.
    – lockstep
    Jan 21, 2012 at 12:17
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    Perhaps you could post such problems here as questions, one by one? So each problem could be answered hopefully with good explanation and perhaps even screenshots, which might help your students as well as further TeXworks users. Example of explaining using TeXworks with write18 or in DVI mode: LaTeX Error: Unknown graphics extension: .ps.
    – Stefan Kottwitz
    Jan 21, 2012 at 12:21
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    There is at least another TeX distribution, too: W32TeX. It’s also interesting for MiKTeX users, because it provides some tools as Windows binaries missing in MiKTeX, especially xindy and the lcdf-typetools.
    – Speravir
    Jan 21, 2012 at 20:18

Some hints beside the selection of distribution: Don't install it in the programs folder.

You may get problems with the authorization concept of win7.

And important: No spaces in installation path! Some tools will get problems.

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    I assume that this applies to texlive mainly. Miktex never had such problems - at least I can not remember them. But texlive comes from the unix world and uses perl, there spaces in paths are a real problem. Jan 21, 2012 at 22:51
  • I am using texlive. But I think I got problems with other tools related to TeX (I remember to problems with (rail)[ctan.org/tex-archive/support/rail])
    – knut
    Jan 22, 2012 at 8:34
  • What is the default installation folder of texlive. I hope its not in 'program files' folder. Jan 22, 2012 at 18:06
  • I think it is c:/texlive. But I don't like it. Now I have c:/bin/texlive. But as I wrote, my first attempt with the windows default for applications make problems.
    – knut
    Jan 22, 2012 at 19:21

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