In my graduation year I learned to use LaTeX and I fell in love with it. The output is just so clean and consistent. Meanwhile it has been a while since I’ve used LaTeX, but I wanted to use it again. I had to install everything again because my computer got reinstalled. So I’ll explain you how I did it.
MikTeX consists of an implementation of TeX and a set of related programs. MiKTeX only provides the tools necessary to prepare documents using the TeX/LaTeX markup language; it does not include a text editor or graphical word processor. So it’s the “engine” behind LaTeX. MikTeX comes in 2 versions:
- Basic: This installer (82 MB) contains the most used packages, what will do for most people.
- Complete: This Net installer (3 MB) operates in two steps: Downloading (almost all available) packages (850 MB), and installing them.
They both support automatic install of missing packages, but I like to have most of them installed in case I’ll need it so I’ve have chosen for the second option. But I didn’t use the Net installer to download the packages. In the past I had problems doing it this way, and I figured it is much easier and faster to download from a public FTP directly.
MikTeX lists all available Repositories on their site. I’ve used the
FTP of the Nederlandstalige TeX Gebruikersgroep. The MikTeX packages
on this FTP are in the folder:
/mirror/tex-archive/systems/win32/miktex/tm/. So just download the
packages-folder to a local drive using your favorite FTP client, and
you can use the Net installer (select “Install packages”) to install
That’s it, now your ready to roll, for example type…
… to compile your first LaTeX document to PDF.