(Mathematical Toolset Series: TeX & LaTeX, Part 2 of 3)
EDIT: 25.Oct.2015 – improved templates added.
You can get started with LaTeX / TeX on Windows within an hour. This article walks you through setting up a working platform, provides basic templates for you to produce your first PDF document, and points you to reference materials you may find useful as you advance. The instructions below have been tested against WinXP, Win7, and now Win8.