Due to company/proxy issues I have not found a way to install LaTeX on my Windows computer.

Is there a way to get a pdflatex version that is self-contained?

Ideally, a zipped version of LaTeX to be just unpacked -- otherwise, an installer that does not need a network connection.

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    You can get the TeX live DVD: tug.org/texlive/acquire-dvd.html, tug.org/texlive/acquire-iso.html. But tug.org/texlive/acquire.html also list a few other options. – moewe Jul 18 '18 at 13:24
  • Unfortunately I cannot read DVDs ... I glanced over the other options which did not seem promising, but I will check them in more detail. – JF Meier Jul 18 '18 at 13:30
  • Well, you can download the .iso and mount that without even burning a DVD. You could also try to unpack the .iso and use its contents directly. – moewe Jul 18 '18 at 13:55
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    also you could consider sharelatex or one of the other online systems and not use a local install at all. – David Carlisle Jul 18 '18 at 14:09
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    Just get to any machine that has internet access do a full install of tl2018, then stick /usr/local/texlive2018 on a usb stick or whatever you can use and copy it to the work machine, you need nothing out of that directory after the install. – David Carlisle Jul 19 '18 at 8:14

I assume your work computer runs Windows? If so, let me tell you how I use TeXLive on my work PC:

  • If you need a program to extract files from the TeXLive ISO, get 7-Zip Portable (no installation required).
  • Unpack the contents of the ISO to a folder on your PC (I used C:\soft\tl2017).
  • Run C:\soft\tl2017\tl-tray-menu.exe (use the folder you extracted the ISO to). Click on the tray menu to launch a command prompt.

This will enable you to use a properly configured environment for running all command line tools included with TeXLive.

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