PCTeX Installation

Older versions

To reinstall earlier PCTeX versions see the updates page.

Downloading PCTeX 6

Download the PCTeX Installer (https://downloads.pctex.org/PCTeXv6setup12111.exe)

Click above to download the PCTeX 6 installer. If you need help installing, follow the instructions below. (To reinstall earlier PCTeX versions see the updates page.)

Installing PCTeX 6

  1. Download the PCTeX 6 installer above. Save it in a location that you will be able to find later.
  2. Locate and run the PCTeX 6 installer by double-clicking the file downloaded in step #1.
  3. When the installer begins enter the requested information.
  4. Towards the end of the installation process you will have the option to review your choices. When satisfied with the options click on Install.
  5. When the installation is completed click on Finish to close the installer.
  6. Start PCTeX 6 by clicking on its icon in the Start Menu, on the Quick Launch Bar, or on the Desktop.

During the first run, PCTeX 6 will install many packages that extend the TeX system. Please be patient. This installation task is not performed on subsequent runs.

PCTeX 6 by default is in the free Reader mode.

You can receive codes for more powerful modes by either:

  • signing up for a 30-day evaluation.
  • or by purchasing the desired product from our on-line store.

To use the code you receive, follow these simple instructions:

  1. When using the PCTeX 6 program go to the Help menu.
  2. Select Registration.
  3. Enter your code where it says Registration Code:
  4. Finally, click on Register

Installation problems

  • While installing you may see the following error
 ! LaTeX source files more than 5 years old!
  • Reply 'Yes' to the PCTeX Error dialog. Then choose the Menu item Typeset>>IniTeX>>LaTeX and press the INITeX button. You may see another warning message but the LaTeX format will be built.
  • The LaTeX system is stable and a version that is more than five years old will give good results. To get an up-to-date version do Help>Updates.

Uninstalling PCTeX 6

PCTeX 6 can be uninstalled by using the Add/Remove Programs interface found in the Control Panel.