Well, I must be one of the very few using Vista 64 (Business). So here is my
1) There is NO precompiled 64 bit version of MiKTeX 2.7 or (for that matter)
any other TeX version that I konow off. 64 bit support doesn't really matter
because compilation time is (usually) short and memory requirements can be
handled under 32 bit Windows.
2) I am very happy with MiKTeX under WOW64. It works fine - no problems up
to now. However, I should point out that MiKTeX is, in my view, Vista
compatible not Vista friendly.
Having said all that, Vista/64 is far better than Vista /32, there are no
incompatible applications and therefore if you don't have old hardware
that's the way to go.
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Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2008 9:47 PM
Subject: [MiKTeX] MiKTeX 2.7 on Vista x64 (either natively or via WOW64)
Two (not-so-)quick questions that have had me Googling until I was blue in
(1) Is there an "official" precompiled MiKTeX 2.7 distribution for x64?
(This is for a company computer, and I have to show that anything I install
was downloaded directly from an "official"
source... yeah, I know.)
(2) How have your experiences been running MiKTeX 2.7 on Windows Vista x64?
This goes for the regular 32-bit installation under WOW64, as well as for
any hypothetical 64-bit distribution. If any of you have run it under
WOW64, how was performance---particularly of xelatex?
This is for a laptop that lacks a workstation's horsepower.
These questions are kind of urgent for me; I need to decide between 32-bit
and 64-bit Vista, and I must have my computer order in by Monday morning.
Once I choose, there is no changing my mind. I'd really like to use a full
4GB of RAM and some other features; but MiKTeX is *the* #1 most-important
app I use (yes, really!), and if I have trouble getting it running, or if
performance is absolutely terrible under WOW64, I am in for some serious
No, I can't use MiKTeX 2.5. I am hooked on 2.7, and have started heavily
using xetex features.
I'd try compiling it myself from "official" sources, but I don't have time
right now to figure it out, which would be quite difficult because I am not
really a programmer. (I just play one on the
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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