Computer Science

Installing a basic LaTeX system under Windows (98/ME, 2000/XP)

When writing professional papers, one soon realizes that Microsoft Word cannot deliver the control and power to make scientific documentation look correct. This is where many professional authors (IEEE, ACM... etc.) find use of the (La)TeX [spoken: lay-tech] system. It is not simple by any means, but delivers the power and control needed to get the job done. Mostly seen in *nix operating systems, LaTeX exists in Windows freely, but is not a WYSIWYG application by default.

In order to get a basic LaTeX system up and running on a Windows PC, you will need the following items:

Installation steps:

  1. First, MiKTeX should be installed. Accepting all the defaults should get you to where you should be going.
  2. Second, you should do a "Typical" installation of TeXnicCenter.
  3. Third, you should install Adobe Reader (if you already do not have a version on your PC).
  4. Finally, after everything is installed, you should start up TeXnicCenter. After you close the "tips" pop-up, a Configuration Wizard will appear. Basically you will want to configure TeXnicCenter to work with MiKTeX. Then you will want to put the executable path of the postscript viewer (Adobe Reader) into the dialog and finish.

You are now ready to start creating your TeX file. You should have DVI, PS, and PDF functionality at this point.