Can I remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer?

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Can I remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer?
You can convert files to .xps in Microsoft's Office suite. (Courtesy of Microsoft)

Microsoft's XPS Document Writer allows you to create .xps files in Windows and print them as they appear on your screen. XPS files are container files, much like Adobe's PDF file format. If you prefer to use the latter and are sick of XPS options appearing when you go to print a document, removing Microsoft's XPS Document Writer from your computer is a straightforward process.


From your computer's "Start" menu, click on "Control panel" and select "View devices and printers." Under "Printers and faxes," you'll find a printer icon with "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" written beneath it. Right-click on this and hit "Remove device" from the menu displayed. Click "Yes" when asked "Are you sure you want to remove this device?" A progress bar will flash up while your operating system removes XPS Document Writer.

Turn off

You can disable XPS Document Writer without removing it. To do so, click on "Start," "Control panel" and then "Uninstall a program" under the "Programs" section. Click on the "Turn Windows features on and off" link at the top of the left-hand pane. Scroll down to the bottom of the "Windows features" window and uncheck the box next to "XPS services."

Use tool

If all this seems a bit too much like hard work for you, downloading RogoSoft's XPS Removal Tool will be right up your street. You can grab the utility for free from RogoSoft's website or Softpedia, but will need a program that can open .zip files. The XPS Removal Tool works on all versions of Windows later than 2003 and will cleanse your hard drive of all traces of your unwanted document writer.


In the event that you regret your decision to rid your computer of Microsoft's XPS Document Writer, reinstalling it is simple. Click on "Start," "Control panel," "Hardware and Sound" and then "Add a printer." Select "Add a local printer" and follow the instructions until you reach the "Install the printer driver" screen. Under "Manufacturer," scroll down and select "Microsoft" before clicking "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" and then "Next."

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