I use Windows 10 Pro and I updated MiKTeX for solving that problem. The problem now is that when I select:

  • MiKTeX package manager, system says that mpm_mfc_admin.exe can't be found,
  • MiKTeX settings, system says that mo_admin.exe can't be found,
  • MiKTeX update, system says that copystart_admin.exe can't be found.

What is going wrong?

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    Miktex has changed a lot, there is now only one interface: the miktex console. I don't use miktex, so I'm not sure if the miktex update process would also have removed the menu entries from win10. Just to be on the safe side: do not d you update both as user and admin?
    – daleif
    Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 10:32
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    Nothing, the applications are really gone. You can remove the menu entries. If you don't already have one, add an link to the miktex console. Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 10:39
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    See also miktex.org/howto/miktex-console: It is normal that the old programs are gone (one some installations the menu items for the old programs were removed or replaced with links to the Console, but there are reports that this did not happen for everybody). Just add a link to the Console to your menu and use it to manage your installation.7
    – moewe
    Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 10:44
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    update as both to be on the safe side. Everything installed as user takes precedence over admin installed stuff. So if package A is installed in version 3 as user and version 6 as admin, you still get version 3.
    – daleif
    Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 11:36
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    MikTex is more than one program. The Miktex administrative interface (that you mentioned above) is no more, it is replaced by the MikTeX console. The latex programmes that are a part of the miktex distrubution remain the same.
    – daleif
    Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 11:37

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In older versions of MiKTeX MiKTeX used several programs for administration (the one you named in your question).

The current version of MiKTeX has only one program for administration of MiKTeX (located in the apps of windows): MiKTeX Console:

MiKTeX Console

After calling it you have to choose to use it in admin or user mode (see red arrows in ithe image). That depends on your installation. If you have an admin installation (I have one) you have to update etc. first as admin, second as user.

The old programs for setting, package manager etc. you can found in the place marked with the big red circle. For example click on "Package" to get the package manager.

Refreshing the file data name and the font maps you can do by tasks (small red circle).

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    an other stupid question: how can I find MiKTeX Console? Do I have to reinstall MiKTeX to find it? Here (miktex.org/howto/miktex-console) is saying that I have to search and click MiKTeX Console in the application launcher. I 've done it, but nothing appears. Thank's for your patience! Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 6:23
  • I decided to delete MiKTeX. I thought that a new beginning will help the situation... Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 22:22

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