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It seems many people have issues similar to mine, but none of the solutions I found & tried fixed my issues.

I have a new (to me) laptop running Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB. I installed the version of WinEdt (9.1) that I had on my old laptop. I downloaded the latest Windows version of MikTeX (MikTeX console 4.5) and installed it. I tried to PDFTeXify a document I've done before on my old laptop, & I got the errors shown below. So I tried it again with the following code, & I got the same errors.

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
Hello, world!
\end{document}

Command Line: texify.exe --pdf --tex-option=--interaction=errorstopmode --tex-option=--synctex=-1 "C:\Users\clhs_admin\Dropbox\Employment\Test.tex" Startup Folder: C:\Users\clhs_admin\Dropbox\Employment

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.141592653-2.6-1.40.24 (MiKTeX 21.12.10) (preloaded format=pdflatex.fmt) restricted \write18 enabled.

Sorry, but pdflatex did not succeed.

The log file hopefully contains the information to get MiKTeX going again:

C:\Users\clhs_admin\AppData\Local\MiKTeX\miktex\log\pdflatex.log

Sorry, but "MiKTeX Compiler Driver" did not succeed.

The log file hopefully contains the information to get MiKTeX going again:

C:\Users\clhs_admin\AppData\Local\MiKTeX\miktex\log\texify.log


PDFTeXify Compilation Report (Pages: 0)

Errors: 0 Warnings: 0 Bad Boxes: 0


I tried uninstalling & reinstalling MikTeX, deleting the .FNDB files, comparing the directories with those on my old laptop (there weren't many differences), & restarting the computer. Those are all the suggestions I've found that seem related to my problem. Just for grins I tried to run it in TeXWorks, and I got the same error messages. The two referenced log files are below.

2021-12-24 10:24:17,947-0600 INFO pdflatex - this process (672) started by 'texify' with command line: pdflatex --interaction=errorstopmode --synctex=-1 C:\Users\clhs_admin\Dropbox\Employment\Test.tex 2021-12-24 10:24:17,947-0600 INFO pdflatex - this is MiKTeX-PDFTEX 4.10.0 (1.40.24) (MiKTeX 21.12.10) 2021-12-24 10:24:17,963-0600 INFO pdflatex - allowing known shell commands 2021-12-24 10:24:18,010-0600 INFO pdflatex - going to create file: pdflatex.fmt 2021-12-24 10:24:18,010-0600 INFO pdflatex.core - start process: initexmf --enable-installer --dump-by-name=pdflatex --engine=pdftex 2021-12-24 10:24:19,451-0600 ERROR pdflatex - C:\Users\clhs_admin\AppData\Local\Programs\MiKTeX\miktex\bin\x64\initexmf.exe did not succeed; exitCode: 1 2021-12-24 10:24:19,451-0600 ERROR pdflatex - output: 2021-12-24 10:24:19,451-0600 ERROR pdflatex - Sorry, but "MiKTeX Configuration Utility" did not succeed.

The log file hopefully contains the information to get MiKTeX going again:

C:\Users\clhs_admin\AppData\Local\MiKTeX\miktex\log\initexmf.log

2021-12-24 10:24:19,451-0600 FATAL pdflatex.core - The memory dump file could not be found. 2021-12-24 10:24:19,451-0600 FATAL pdflatex.core - Data: fileName="pdflatex.fmt" 2021-12-24 10:24:19,451-0600 FATAL pdflatex.core - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\TeXAndFriends\texmfapp.cpp:717 2021-12-24 10:24:19,451-0600 FATAL pdflatex - The memory dump file could not be found. 2021-12-24 10:24:19,451-0600 FATAL pdflatex - Info: fileName="pdflatex.fmt" 2021-12-24 10:24:19,451-0600 FATAL pdflatex - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\TeXAndFriends\texmfapp.cpp 2021-12-24 10:24:19,451-0600 FATAL pdflatex - Line: 717 2021-12-24 10:24:19,451-0600 INFO pdflatex - this process (672) finishes with exit code 1

and

2021-12-24 10:24:17,651-0600 INFO texify - this process (7632) started by 'WinEdt' with command line: texify.exe --pdf --tex-option=--interaction=errorstopmode --tex-option=--synctex=-1 C:\Users\clhs_admin\Dropbox\Employment\Test.tex 2021-12-24 10:24:17,666-0600 INFO texify.core - start process: pdflatex --interaction=errorstopmode --synctex=-1 C:\Users\clhs_admin\Dropbox\Employment\Test.tex 2021-12-24 10:24:19,467-0600 FATAL texify.core - TeX engine failed for some reason (see log file). 2021-12-24 10:24:19,467-0600 FATAL texify.core

  • Data: 2021-12-24 10:24:19,467-0600 FATAL texify.core - Source: Programs\MiKTeX\texify\mcd.cpp:1564 2021-12-24 10:24:19,467-0600 FATAL texify - TeX engine failed for some reason (see log file). 2021-12-24 10:24:19,467-0600 FATAL texify - Info: 2021-12-24 10:24:19,467-0600 FATAL texify - Source: Programs\MiKTeX\texify\mcd.cpp 2021-12-24 10:24:19,467-0600 FATAL texify - Line: 1564

The initexmf.log file contains this:

2021-12-24 10:24:18,295-0600 INFO initexmf - this is MiKTeX Configuration Utility 4.7 (MiKTeX 21.12.10) 2021-12-24 10:24:18,295-0600 INFO initexmf - this process (3400) started by 'pdflatex' with command line: initexmf --enable-installer --dump-by-name=pdflatex --engine=pdftex 2021-12-24 10:24:18,295-0600 INFO initexmf - Operating on the private (per-user) MiKTeX setup 2021-12-24 10:24:18,310-0600 INFO initexmf - running: miktex-makefmt.exe --engine=pdftex --dest-name=pdflatex --no-dump pdflatex.ini --engine-option=-tcx=cp227.tcx --enable-installer --miktex-disable-maintenance --miktex-disable-diagnose 2021-12-24 10:24:18,310-0600 INFO initexmf.core - start process: miktex-makefmt.exe --engine=pdftex --dest-name=pdflatex --no-dump pdflatex.ini --engine-option=-tcx=cp227.tcx --enable-installer --miktex-disable-maintenance --miktex-disable-diagnose 2021-12-24 10:24:19,435-0600 ERROR initexmf - sub-process error output has been saved to 'C:\Users\clhs_admin\AppData\Local\MiKTeX\miktex\log\miktex-makefmt_2021-12-24-102419.out' 2021-12-24 10:24:19,435-0600 FATAL initexmf - The executed process did not succeed. 2021-12-24 10:24:19,435-0600 FATAL initexmf - Info: fileName="C:\Users\clhs_admin\AppData\Local\Programs\MiKTeX\miktex\bin\x64\miktex-makefmt.exe", exitCode="1" 2021-12-24 10:24:19,435-0600 FATAL initexmf - Source: 2021-12-24 10:24:19,435-0600 FATAL initexmf - Line: 0 2021-12-24 10:24:19,435-0600 INFO initexmf - this process (3400) finishes with exit code 1

Thank you for helping.

Update: here is the most recent log in makefmt\pdflatex.

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.141592653-2.6-1.40.24 (MiKTeX 21.12.10) (INITEX) 24 DEC 2021 11:35 entering extended mode restricted \write18 enabled. %&-line parsing enabled. (cp227.tcx) **C:/Users/clhs_admin/AppData/Local/Programs/MiKTeX/tex/latex/00miktex/pdflatex .ini

(C:/Users/clhs_admin/AppData/Local/Programs/MiKTeX/tex/latex/00miktex/pdflatex. ini (C:\Users\clhs_admin\AppData\Roaming\MiKTeX\tex/generic/config\pdftexconfig.tex ) (C:\Users\clhs_admin\AppData\Local\Programs\MiKTeX\tex/latex/base\latex.ltx (C:\Users\clhs_admin\AppData\Local\Programs\MiKTeX\tex/latex/base\texsys.cfg) \openout15 = `texsys.aux'.

./texsys.aux found

@currdir set to: ./.

Assuming \openin and \input have the same search path.

Defining UNIX/DOS style filename parser.

catcodes, registers, @inputcheck=\read0 @unused=\write0 \maxdimen=\dimen10 \hideskip=\skip10 \p@=\dimen11 \z@=\dimen12 \z@skip=\skip11 \voidb@x=\box10 parameters, \normalbaselineskip=\skip12 \normallineskip=\skip13 \normallineskiplimit=\dimen13 \interfootnotelinepenalty=\count23 \strutbox=\box11

LaTeX2e <2021-11-15> patch level 1

(C:\Users\clhs_admin\AppData\Local\Programs\MiKTeX\tex/latex/l3kernel\expl3.ltx

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  • Instead of using texify, does pdflatex work? If not, provide the log from the pdflatex run
    – daleif
    Dec 24 '21 at 16:46
  • I tried just pdflatex instead of pdftexify, and I got a similar message as before, but with, "Sorry, but pdflatex.exe did not succeed." The output in the pdflatex log is exactly the same as when I did pdftexify (and I included that in the original post).
    – Keila
    Dec 24 '21 at 17:39
  • The actual log (from disk) should not be similar to any of the data you have provided
    – daleif
    Dec 24 '21 at 18:07
  • miktex couldn't create the format. Find the log and post it, normally it should be the newest file in C:\Users\clhs_admin\AppData\Local\MiKTeX\2.9\miktex\log\makefmt\pdflatex Dec 24 '21 at 19:11
  • I didn't understand which log you meant, daleif. I posted the one @Ulrike Fischer asked for.
    – Keila
    Dec 24 '21 at 19:29

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