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Microsoft XPS Document Writer?.


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#1 bluesjunior

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 09:35 AM

Hi,
Can anyone tell me what this program is and why it is installed on my PC?. My OS is Windows XP Home Edition SP3 and up to date. I have a Epson Stylus D78 printer which is adequate for my needs and for the first time in about a week went to print something this morning. The little print box appeared on screen but was immediately superceded by a pop up in regard to saving as an .xps file. I tried a couple of times but could not get it to print. I went to Control Panel>Printers and Faxes and saw that as well as the printer icon for my Epson there was another printer icon called Microsoft XPS Document Writer which had a black check mark above it. I right clicked on the Epson icon intending to troubleshoot it but saw an option to make this printer the default, I checked it and immediately the black check mark moved over to the Epson icon. I exited and tried again to print my document and this time of course it worked ok.

I may be wrong but I cannot remember seeing the XPS Doc writer icon before today. I googled it and it is a genuine Microsoft program available for download. I have never downloaded it so it must have installed as part of some MSN update or such. Can anyone put some light on this and why it could install on my PC as a default program without my knowing about it?. Do I need it, is it safe to uninstall it or is it better to just leave it alone?.
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Posted 09 September 2009 - 10:44 AM

I believe it came with an update
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#3 bluesjunior

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 01:46 PM

Thanks Garmanma,
I think it installed as a part of MSXML 6 Service Pack2. I read the link but as I use Open Office for my text pages not too sure if it is any use to me.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3, CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Processor, Memory: OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz,Graphics: PowerColor HD 5750 1GB GDDR5,
PSU: Corsair 430W CX PSU 4x SATA 1x PCI-E, Hard Drive:Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache.




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