I am trying to install MiKTeX 2.9 using Basic MiKTeX 2.9.6753 Installer (64-bit) on a computer running Windows 10. Towards the end of the installation process, I receive the following error message:

The operation could not be completed for the following reason:

The executed process did not succeed.

Details: fileName="C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex/bin/x64\initexmf.exe",exitCode="1"

Does any one know how to solve this issue? Thanks in advance.

Note: The following is a log file in my computer. The path of this log file is "C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\config\setup-2018-08-02-17-22.log".

initializing setup service...
starting installer...
Loading package database...
starting package maintenance...
installation directory: "C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9"
package repository: C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\mik31294
visiting repository C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\mik31294...
repository type: local package repository
loading lightweight database...
lightweight database digest: b0545706fa706b64cc77217d98c169a9
going to install 10913 file(s) (215 package(s))
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updating package definition directory ("C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\tpm\packages")...
installed 3350 package definition files
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repository type: local package repository
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initexmf "--common-install=C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9" --set-config-value=[Core]SharedSetup=1 --admin "--log-file=C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex/config\uninst.log" --disable-installer --verbose:
Windows API error 87: 參數錯誤。


Info: path="C:\ProgramData\MiKTeX\2.9\miktex/data/le\1756f6ade37d5f870f23c05a7f81e257.fndb"
Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\MemoryMappedFile\win\winMemoryMappedFile.cpp
Line: 83

Sorry, but "MiKTeX Configuration Utility" did not succeed.

You may want to visit the MiKTeX project page, if you need help.

An error occurred:
  source file: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\Process\Process.cpp
  source line: 177
  message: The executed process did not succeed.
  info: fileName="C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex/bin/x64\initexmf.exe", exitCode="1"
  • Try out what works. Sometimes initexmf at the end only fails because of some fonts that fc-cache don't like and you can repair this later. – Ulrike Fischer Aug 2 at 9:24
  • Excuse me, I don't understand what is fc-cache, could you explain more? Thank you very much. – Wei-Cheng Liu Aug 2 at 9:56
  • I noticed that in the last days I got a similar error message when I updated MikTeX. I think I have narrowed that down to TeX-related processes running. In my case I had to close TeXworks so that initexmf could succeed. – moewe Aug 2 at 10:26
  • @moewe no idea, I almost never use texworks. But I don't see why this should be the source of the problem here. Why should texworks be open at the end of the installation? Beside this: initexmf is used for a number of maintainance steps, so the question is which one fails: the update of the FNDB or the maps/font caches. – Ulrike Fischer Aug 2 at 10:45
  • @moewe Well this sounds quite probable that texworks.exe can not be created when it is open ... – Ulrike Fischer Aug 2 at 10:50
  1. Uninstall MiKTeX 2.9.
  2. Open the folder "C:\Program Files".
  3. Delete the folder "MiKTeX 2.9".
  4. Goto the website https://www.latex-project.org/.
  5. Click "Get".
  6. Click "proTeXt".
  7. Click "download the self-extracting protext.exe file ".
  8. Click "ProTeXt-3.1.9-121317.exe".
  9. Save "ProTeXt-3.1.9-121317.exe" to your computer.
  10. Execute "ProTeXt-3.1.9-121317.exe".
  11. A folder named "ProTeXt" will be generated.
  12. Enter the folder "ProTeXt".
  13. Execute "Setup.exe".
  14. Click the button "Install" on the right hand side of "MiKTeX".
  15. Follow the instructions on the screen and complete the installation of MiKTeX.

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