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I discovered that my MiKTeX installation (on a Windows 10 computer) is unable to connect to the package and/or update servers after installation. What's more, when I attempt to update or add a package, the list of "Remote Package Repositories" shown to me is empty.

Downloading the packages I want into a local repository and installing them from there is also impossible, since running miktexsetup also results in a "Couldn't connect to server" error.

My first suspicion was that this was some kind of issue with my Firewall. However, after I had added exceptions for "miktex-console.exe" to the Firewall I still had the same problem.

What could be the cause of this?

closed as off-topic by Mensch, user156344, Stefan Pinnow, Raaja, user36296 Mar 10 at 12:19

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  • Welcome to TeX.SE! – Mico Sep 14 '18 at 6:14
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    installing from a local repository should work. What happens exactly if you go to miktex console -> settings ->tab general and click on change? – Ulrike Fischer Sep 14 '18 at 7:04
  • Are the servers available from your ISP (it may be a kind of firewall on their side for some reasons)? Try to ping them – trolley813 Sep 14 '18 at 7:59
  • I eventually fixed this by removing MiKTeX entirely and doing a clean install, but the reasons for this remain a mystery. – Jürgen Hubert Sep 17 '18 at 10:38
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it was solved by reinstalling MiKTeX mentioned in comment. – Mensch Mar 10 at 10:43