Fix Microsoft XPS Document Writer Not Working

In this article, we will discuss what you should do if you find that the Microsoft XPS document writer not working on your Windows 11/10 device. Microsoft XPS Document Writer is an in-file print driver used to create XPS (XML Paper Specification) files on a Windows PC. You can print your documents using Microsoft XPS Document Writer in a particular application.

Fix Microsoft XPS Document Writer Not Working

If Microsoft XPS Document Writer has stopped working on your Windows 11/10 device, you can try the fixes mentioned below to fix the problem.

  1. Remove and re-add Microsoft XPS Document Writer
  2. Uninstall and Reinstall Microsoft XPS Document Writer via Windows Features
  3. Troubleshoot issues in Clean Boot State

Let’s see all these solutions in detail.

1]Remove and re-add Microsoft XPS Document Writer

If Microsoft XPS Document Writer is not working properly, remove it from your Windows 11/10 device and add it again. Due to the change in user interface, Microsoft XPS Document Writer removal steps are different for Windows 11 and Windows 10 users.

Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer in Windows 11

Remove XPS Document Writer Windows 11

  1. hurry Win + I keys to launch Windows 11 Settings application.
  2. Go to “Bluetooth and Devices > Printers and Scanners.”
  3. To select Microsoft XPS Document Writer and click on the Remove button.
  4. Click on Yes to confirm.

Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer in Windows 10

Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Windows 10

  1. Right click on To start up and select Settings.
  2. Go to “Peripherals > Printers and scanners.”
  3. You will find Microsoft XPS Document Writer in the Printers and scanners list. Select it then click on the Remove the device button.
  4. Click on Yes to confirm.

After removing Microsoft XPS Document Writer from your Windows 11/10 device, restart your computer and follow the next steps to add it back.

Manually add XPS Document Writer in Windows

  1. Open the Printers and scanners page in your Windows 11/10 Settings app.
  2. Click on the Add a printer or scanner button in Windows 10 and Add Device button in Windows 11.
  3. Let Windows search for the printer. When the search is complete, you will see a message “The printer I want is not listed.” Click on Add manually link.
  4. Select the Add a local printer or a network printer with manual settings option and click following.
  5. Select the Use an existing port option, then click the drop-down menu next to it and select XPS port (local port), and then click Next. If the XPS Port (Local Port) option is not available, select Create a new port option and select local port in the drop-down menu. When you click Next, you must enter the port name. To write XPS port in the Port Name field, click OK.
  6. To select Microsoft from the Manufacturer list and select the latest version of XPS Document Writer on the right side. Click Next.
  7. Now select Use the currently installed driver and click Next.
  8. Select the Do not share this printer and click Next.
  9. Uncheck the Set as default printer checkbox if you do not want Microsoft XPS Document Writer to be set by default.
  10. Now click To finish.

Restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved.

2]Uninstall and Reinstall Microsoft XPS Document Writer via Windows Features

If the above solutions don’t work, uninstall and reinstall Microsoft XPS Document Writer through Windows Features and see if it works. The steps to do this are as follows:

Reinstall Microsoft XPS Document Writer

  1. Click on Windows Search and type Enable or disable Windows features. Select the Windows Features app from the search results.
  2. Uncheck the Microsoft XPS Document Writer checkbox and click OK. This will uninstall it from your computer. The process will take some time.
  3. Once the uninstall process is complete, restart your computer and open the Windows Features again.
  4. Now check the Microsoft XPS Document Writer box and click OK. This will install it again.
  5. After the installation is complete, check if the issue is resolved.

3]Troubleshoot in Clean Boot State

It could be that a problematic app is causing the problem. To verify this, you need to perform a clean boot. In the Clean Boot state, all additional apps and services remain disabled. Print your document via Microsoft XPS Document Writer after starting your computer in Clean Boot mode. If you are able to do this, one of the disabled apps is the culprit. Now enable some of the disabled applications and restart your computer in a normal state. After starting your computer in a normal state, if the problem persists, one of the applications you just activated is causing the problem. Now disable any of the enabled apps and check if the problem goes away. If so, this app is the culprit. Uninstall this application so that the problem does not occur again.

Read: How to print on Microsoft XPS Document Writer

How to enable Microsoft XPS Document Writer in Windows 11/10?

In Windows 11/10, Microsoft XPS Document Writer is added as an optional feature. This means that if you don’t need it, you can turn it off. If it’s already disabled, you won’t find it in Printers and scanners in Windows 11/10 settings. To enable it, open Windows Features, check the Microsoft XPS Document Writer box and click OK.

Where is Microsoft XPS Document Writer?

You will find Microsoft XPS Document Writer on the Printers & scanners page in Windows 11/10 settings. If not, you need to enable it using optional Windows features.

I hope this helps you.

Read more: Printing to PDF does not work in Windows 11/10.

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