Microsoft XPS Document Writer is a printer that is installed on all recent versions of the Microsoft operating system by default.
The printer enables you to create XPS documents that use the .xps file extension. The XPS format was created by Microsoft a long time ago as an alternative to Adobe's popular PDF format but never managed to establish itself as an alternative.
It supports many of the features that makes the PDF format popular including a fixed layout, support for digital signatures and also DRM.
While it is rarely used these days, it is still distributed with Microsoft's Windows operating system. To be precise, XPS drivers and viewers are installed on modern versions of Windows by default.
If you ever tried to print or save a document using a Microsoft Office application or any other program that is offering the functionality, you may have noticed the Microsoft XPS Document Writer printer listed there as one of the available printing or saving options.
If you are not using the Microsoft XPS Document Writer or viewer on your Windows system, then you may want to consider removing it from the device. Doing so may improve the manageability of print and save features, and prevent accidental selection of the XPS Writer.
To remove XPS support from the system, do the following:
Once you have turned of XPS Services, you will notice that the Microsoft XPS Document Writer printer won't show up anymore when you print documents.
If you notice that features that you rely on are not working anymore, or want to restore the functionality, you simply follow the steps outlined above again to do so.
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