LaTeX Software Setup
You need two peices of software to get up and running with LaTeX: 1) A Compiler and 2) An Editor.
The easiest compiler is called MikTeX, and can be found here: http://www.miktex.org/Setup.aspx
Download the file under "Installing a basic system". Clicking the link will take you to a page with a list of servers. Just pick one somewhere in North America. Run the file when it's finished downloading.
It is a basic setup, but there are a few options you will have to set:
Once you start the install, it will connect to the internet to download files. This part may take a while.
The best editor for windows is called WinEdt, and can be found here: http://www.winedt.com