Probably the easiest way to download MikTeX is to go to the MikTeX project page.
The MikTeX files can be also be downloaded directly from /tex-archive/systems/win32/miktex/ on any CTAN site, although this requires some skill in navigating the CTAN site. For those interested in differences to earlier versions, bug-fixes etc., the information found at the CTAN site is a good place to look (here's a link (DAnTE in Germany) to the info for the latest version at the time of writing).
To install the MikTeX distribution, follow the instructions given on the
MikTeX project page.
The easiest way is to first download the big (some 20 MB) combination file
that contains all the necessary material. This file is currently
provided compressed in a WinZip
compatible file, which has to be uncompressed and unpacked. When
this is done (do this in a separate subdirectory; lots of files will
be created when you unpack the distribution), one of the files
created will be an installation wizard with the filename
setupwiz.exe. Run this program, which will lead you
through the installation. NOTE: On Windows NT systems, it
may be necessary to run
setupwiz.exe logged in as
Administrator. There are links to detailed setup instructions on the
documentation pages of the
MikTeX project page. Reading this
information before installing is highly recommended.
The TDB project uses two local MikTeX TeX/LaTeX source trees. Both are on the tdb.nea.fr Samba server, and should be mounted as
respectively. When you install MikTeX, tell it to use O:\texmf as its texroot location, and G:\texmf as its local texroot. The "local" texroot is used for files that should not be destroyed when a new MikTeX version is installed, and is hence the best place for the Y&Y fonts, which are not part of the standard MikTeX distribution.
Last reviewed: 27 May 2011