Paul is right. You did ask, though, if there was a standard location for the
directory in Windows. I believe there is, but it's different between xp and
vista/w7. Mine on Windows 7 is:
I'm not on my xp machine right now, but it's something like
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\MikTeX\2.8\...

MikTeX created those directories for local settings when I originally
installed it.

You can, of course set up a custom location via the MikTeX "settings"
interface, which you have to use anyway to run "Refresh FNDB" as Paul

I hope this adds a bit of information.


On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 6:26 AM, Paul A. Rubin <> wrote:

> On 9/14/2010 7:41 PM, Maria Gouskova wrote:
>> I should add that they all used MikTeX, and we tried putting texmf in
>> C:\ and also in the Program Files folder (I think basically as
>> C:\Program Files\texmf).
>> What confuses me is that in Mac OS, LyX finds all the stuff inside the
>> texmf folder automaticallly after reconfiguring. Does this happen in
>> Windows? If not, is there something that needs to be done inside LyX
>> to help it find the correct texmf path? I am sure we missed something
>> really obvious.
> If they are using MiKTeX:
> 1.  They can run the MiKTeX "Settings" application (from the Start menu)
> and go to the "Roots" tab.  That lists the directories on the search path
> MiKTeX uses.  They can create their local texmf folder anywhere they want,
> then just add it to that tab (Add... button) and move it up to the top of
> the search chain.
> 2.  After adding anything to their local texmf directory, they should run
> the Settings application, and on the General tab click "Refresh FNDB" (which
> runs texhash to update the LaTeX file databases).
> /Paul

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