I've been having trouble recently to install new packages from online sources, using MiKTeX + WinEdt.
the following error occurs:
The text of the error message is "SSL connect error" and "code="35", url="https://api2.miktex.org/hello"". I have googled and saw many people had this issue, but what resolved to most people was a deactivation of the firewall or attempting a different internet connection. I have tried them both to no avail. This is not a firewall/internet connection issue (Or at least, not one that is fixed by either of these 2 options).
I checked online on miktex's website, and was surprised to discovered they only support Windows 10 and upwards. I am on Windows 7, and used MiKTeX 2.9. They have blocked installation of current MiKTeX versions for Windows older than 10.
I have read another solution online which suggested reinstalling MiKTeX. Sadly, I did so, and found MiKTeX 22.7 which still works on Windows 7 (It is the latest version to work on Windows older than 10).
I was referred to MiKTeX Console Manager, which yields to pretty much the same problem:
So I tried changing the repository:
I have tried several proxy servers found online, but none succeeded.
What is very unfortunate is that I had some of the packages installed earlier, but after uninstalling the previous MiKTeX and reinstalling 22.7, I have pretty much none now.
Is it related to MiKTeX not supporting Windows lower than 10? How can I overcome this?