Windows 10: Is the XPS version of a particular Printer necessary? Solved


  1. Posts : 100
    Vista, Win 7, Win 8.1, Win 10 TP
       13 Jan 2017 #1

    Is the XPS version of a particular Printer necessary?


    Hi there. I recently installed a Dell B1260dn laser printer. When the driver was installed, it also installed an XPS version of the printer. Is it really necessary to keep it? It shows up this way in my printer choices:
    B1260dn mono laser printer, and B1260 mono laser printer XPS. To make it clear: I am NOT talking about the Microsoft XPS document writer. I actually use that when I am not around a printer with my laptop. But what is the function of the XPS version of my printer itself? Can I safely remove it? Thanks in advance for your help and ideas.
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  2. Posts : 1,392
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       14 Jan 2017 #2

    My Canon Pixma Pro 100 printer has a XPS driver in addition to the normal driver. I do use the XPS driver since it claims to offer better quality quote "The XPS driver is a 16-bit driver whereas the other is 8 bit. The XPS driver can help in some situations to eliminate banding if that is a problem in some of your prints. Canon says that the XPS driver can even help improve printing from 8-bit images."

    However, most people on the photo forum I consulted can't tell any difference in practical quality between the drivers.
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  3. Posts : 100
    Vista, Win 7, Win 8.1, Win 10 TP
       14 Jan 2017 #3

    Thank you for that meaningful answer, Steve. Makes sense. I will test and see if there is a difference.
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  4. Posts : 100
    Vista, Win 7, Win 8.1, Win 10 TP
       14 Jan 2017 #4

    In m case, using the XPS version of the driver made the printing of poorer quality. But that's ok. Again, thanks for the answer.
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