[Tex/LaTex] How to compile a LaTeX document

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Up until now, I've just been using LyX for all my LaTeX needs. Now I have a .tex file and I need to compile it (turn to pdf). How do I do this on Windows XP? Obviously I have LaTeX installed (MikTeX).

one way of doing this is using the command line by entering pdflatex yourfilename.tex (assuming MikTex is in your path - just give it a try).
Another way would include installing software such as TeXnicCenter or TeXworks which will let you open/edit/compile a .tex file from within an editor environment.