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I ran a Google search but nothing too clear showed up. I'm looking for a Windows 7 compatible version of pdflatex.exe to help me in typesetting some math I have in an Illustrator project.

I heard about it through this tutorial: http://www.justskins.com/forums/math-equation-editing-in-86877.html

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    Are you sure they are talking about pdflatex.exe and not about MathType? – Gonzalo Medina Mar 27 '12 at 0:12
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pdflatex.exe is part of a whole suite of software called a TeX Distribution. You can't just download the executable. There are two main distributions available for Windows: TeX Live and MikTeX. Both are very good. Whether or not installing them and learning enough LaTeX to solve your problem is a worthwhile effort may well depend on how often you are likely to do what you're doing.

Here are links to the distribution download pages:

See the following question on the differences between the two distributions.

What are the advantages of TeX Live over MiKTeX?

If this is a one off type situation, you may also want to take a look at some of the online LaTeX compilers:

Compiling documents online

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    If you're a beginner, proTeXt, which includes MiKTeX, might also be a good idea; see tex.stackexchange.com/a/26021/4012. – doncherry Mar 27 '12 at 8:07
  • Well, you can download it. Whether there is any point doing so is, of course, a different matter. – cfr Mar 12 '16 at 23:18
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I can not get the motivation behind asking only for pdflatex. Nevertheless, (for windows) you can download 'MiKTeX' basic installer and install. You can find pdflatex in the folder C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin.

If your intention is for writing some equations, you can try Mathtype. It has compatibility with many applications including Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

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W32TeX offers this. It can be found at a mirror under pdftex-w32.

To get it to compile TeX you will also need the web2c-w32 and web2c-lib packages. If you want to compile LaTeX, add latex package as well.

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