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    Add or Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Windows 10

    Add or Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Windows 10
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    01 Jun 2018
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    How to Add or Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Windows 10


    Windows 10 allows you to Print to XPS natively using the Microsoft XPS Document Writer printer feature. Microsoft XPS Document Writer lets you create a XPS file of the contents of any web page or file without the need to use third-party software.

    The .xps file created by Microsoft XPS Document Writer can be opened by any app that supports this format. XPS Viewer is the default app used to open .xps files with in Windows 10.

    This tutorial will show you different ways on how to add or remove the Microsoft XPS Document Writer printer for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove a printer.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: To Remove "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" Printer in Settings
    • Option Two: To Remove "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" Printer in Devices and Printers
    • Option Three: To Remove "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" Printer in PowerShell
    • Option Four: To Remove "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" Printer in Command Prompt
    • Option Five: To Add "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" Printer


    EXAMPLE: "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" printer
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    Add or Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Add or Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Windows 10
    To Remove "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" Printer in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Devices icon.

    2. Click/tap on Printers & scanners on the left side, click/tap on Microsoft XPS Document Writer under Printers & scanners on the right side, and click/tap on Remove device. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    4. You can now close Settings if you like.






    Add or Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Add or Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Windows 10
    To Remove "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" Printer in Devices and Printers

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Devices and Printers icon.

    2. Right click or press and hold on the Microsoft XPS Document Writer printer, and click/tap on Remove device. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    4. You can now close Devices and Printers if you like.






    Add or Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Add or Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Windows 10
    To Remove "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" Printer in PowerShell

    1. Open PowerShell.

    2. Enter the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Remove-Printer -Name "Microsoft XPS Document Writer"

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    3. You can now close PowerShell if you like.






    Add or Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Add or Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Windows 10
    To Remove "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" Printer in Command Prompt

    1. Open a command prompt.

    2. Enter the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    printui.exe /dl /n "Microsoft XPS Document Writer"

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    3. You can now close the command prompt if you like.






    Add or Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Add or Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Windows 10
    To Add "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" Printer

    1. Make sure that both XPS Services and XPS Viewer are checked (turned on) in Windows Features.

    This step is no longer available or required starting with Windows 10 version 1803. Continue on to step 2 below.

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    2. Do step 3 (Settings) or step 4 (Devices and Printers) for how you would like to open the Add Printer wizard.

    3. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Devices icon.

    A) Click/tap on Printers & scanners on the left side, and click/tap on Add a printer or scanner on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on the The printer that I want isn't listed link when it appears, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Devices and Printers icon.

    A) Click/tap on Add a printer in the toolbar of Devices and Printers. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on the The printer that I want isn't listed link, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Select (dot) Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Select (dot) Use an existing port, select PORTPROMPT: (Local Port) from its drop down menu, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Select Microsoft in the left pane, select Microsoft XPS Document Writer v4 in the right pane, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    8. Select (dot) Use the driver that is currently installed, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Rename the printer to only be Microsoft XPS Document Writer, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    10. Check or uncheck Set as the default printer for what you want, and click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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    11. You can close Settings or Devices and Printers if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    07 Oct 2016 #1

    Thank You Shawn ,

    Option Two (Powershell way as admin)
    works also with "Fax" printer (another stupidity in 2016)

    I suppose will work with any other printer .

    I wonder if a new Cumulative Update will reinstall them or not . Will see that.

    c
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       07 Oct 2016 #2

    Hello C, :)

    Yep, you can use it for any printer by substituting the printer name with the one you wanted to remove instead.

    Remove-Printer
    Last edited by Brink; 25 Dec 2017 at 16:14. Reason: updated link
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  3.    01 Jun 2018 #3

    Since my last Windows 10 update, I have not been able to print. It seems my issue is caused by a missing Microsoft XPS Document Writer. In step 1 of Option 5, the lines for XPS Services and XPS Viewer do not even appear in my Window Features window. What do I need to do?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
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       01 Jun 2018 #4

    Hello CM, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Step 1 in Option 5 is no longer available or required in Windows 10 version 1803.

    You should be able to continue on with the rest of the steps in Option 5 to add it though.
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