Installing Lyx and Miktex2.9. for Windows 10

Mike Reeks mike.reeks at
Tue Jul 21 18:01:27 UTC 2020

Dear lyx users, I need your help.
Can you advise me on the best way to install these  2 programs  and explain the error  I get using  the versions of Miktex2.9 and lyx 2.3.5 I have installed. I have  downloaded  basic-miktex-20.6.29-x64.exe and then run the basic miktex installer (64 bit) version. I have followed that by installing lyx 2.3.5 using the lyx basic installer for windows 7 and later.
Before proceeding further there was  a cautionary note saying I need to instal  a Tex distribution. I assume that this would be satisfied   if have installed Miktex correctly. I then followed the wizard  installation 2.3.52. I missed the start menu request as I don’t know what choice to make. I have a problem when I get to latex distribution, because there is a reference to the file latex.exe and request for its path. I have ticked ‘Dont use latex’ and then ticked instal.  
Running the installed version of lyx I get a the message ‘the exernal program pplatex finished with an error’. It is recommended that I fix the erro in the xternal progam. Very helpful?
Can anyone help me out. This is all very frustrating 

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From: Mike Reeks
Sent: 20 June 2020 13:31
To: el at lisse.NA; lyx-users at
Cc: el at lisse.NA
Subject: Re: FW: Problems using Bibtex with lyx.

Thanks for the feedback and suggestions.

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On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 2:18 pm, Dr Eberhard W Lisse <el at lisse.NA> wrote:

I am an elderly Gynecologist myself (and (have to) use Windows10 for the
practice management software (of course in a VirtualBox window on a
Mac)) :-)-O and I can tell you even my mother could switch from Windows
to the Mac :-)-O.

And, as a matter of fact, she did :-)-O

I like to bleed on the edge so I update LyX the day I become aware of 
it for myself but have it on a package manager (called homebrew) on the 
boxes I "support". 

The only small issue is one needs to reinstall MacTeX once a year.  

I have a script for this which I run on all my own and supported
machines.  The script doesn't even install the full version of MacTeX,
only the smaller BasicTeX after saving all packages installed and then
pulling the additional ones afterwards saving a few Gigs (even though 
disk space is cheap these days).

Once a month one runs the TeX Live Manager from the command line or
tlcockpit (a java app) and the updates are done.

Totally painless.

greetings, el

On 16/06/2020 14:25, Mike Reeks wrote:
> Yes Eberhard avery useful.  
> Many of my colleagues have suggested it.  I should have done it years
> ago.  I’m 75 now and am weary of learning new operating systems.  Ive
> used windows from the beginning.  Something I’m familiar with and
> works for me.
> So forgive me, my life left is too short for such considerations.
> Many thanks
> Mike
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