how to type in latex on my personal computer

Hello,

I am taking a few math intensive courses this semester and I love how easy latex is to use. I did some research on-line and downloaded the complete package of MikTex and WinEdt. My goal was to be able to type notes or a paper in Microsoft Word and have correct mathematical notation present.

Did I download the right programs? Are there better ones? The set up on mathhelpforum is so easy but I can not seem to get WinEdt to work like that. Any ideas?

Thank You very much for your time.