The Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW) is a print-to-file driver that allows a Windows application to create XML Paper Specification (XPS) document files on versions of the Windows operating system. The Microsoft XPS Document Writer has been around since Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and is still available in the latest version of Windows 10.

By using the Microsoft XPS Document Writer, Windows applications can then save the content as an XPS document and without having to use any third-party applications to change its code. Thus, you can use the Microsoft XPS Document Writer whenever you want to create an XPS document from a Windows app that does not give any options to save the XPS document.

The following tutorial demonstrates how to add or remove the Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer when you’re using a version of the Windows 10 operating system.

Method One: How to Remove “Microsoft XPS Document Writer” Printer in Settings

You can remove the Microsoft XPS Document Writer from the Printers and scanners section of the Settings application.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Click on “Device” from the Windows Settings menu.

3. From Device’s menu, click on “Printers & scanners” and then scroll down the right side of the same window, select the printer by clicking on it once and then click on “Remove device.”

4. When it asks you if you’re sure you want to remove this device, click on the “Yes” button.

You can now close the Settings app.

Method Two: How to Remove “Microsoft XPS Document Writer” Printer in Devices and Printers

You can remove the Microsoft XPS Document Writer from the Devices and Printers section of the Control Panel.

1. Open the Control Panel and select the “icons view” from the View by section in the top right corner of the window.

2. From the list of All Control Panel items, click on “Device and Printers.”

3 a. Select the printer by clicking on it once and then click on “Remove device.” (See screenshot below.)

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3 b. Right-click on the printer and then click on “Remove device” from its context menu.

4. When it asks if you are sure you want to remove this device, click on the “Yes” button.

You can close the Control Panel window.

Method Three: How to Remove “Microsoft XPS Document Writer” Printer in PowerShell

You can remove the Microsoft XPS Document Writer with a command from the Windows PowerShell.

1. Open the Windows PowerShell.

2. Type the following command into the PowerShell window and then press “Enter” on your keyboard:

Remove-Printer -Name "Microsoft XPS Document Writer"

You can now close the Windows PowerShell window.

Method Four: How to Remove “Microsoft XPS Document Writer” Printer in Command Prompt

You can remove the Microsoft XPS Document Writer with a command from the Command Prompt.

1. Open the Command Prompt window.

2. Type the following command and then press “Enter” on your keyboard:

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

You can now close the Command Prompt.

Method Five: How to Add “Microsoft XPS Document Writer” Printer

You can add the Microsoft XPS Document Writer printer from the Printers and scanners section of the Settings application.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Click on the “Devices” icon from the Windows Settings menu.

3. Click on “Printers & scanners” from Device’s menu.

a. Click on the “Add a printer or scanner” button on the right side of the window.

b. Click on the “The printer that I want isn’t listed” link.

4. Select “Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings.”

5. Select “Use an existing port” and then choose the “PORTPROMP: (Local Port)” from the drop-down menu.

6. Select “Microsoft” and then click on “Microsoft XPS Document Writer v4.”

7. Select “Use the driver that is currently installed (recommended).”

8. Where it says Printer name, type the name you want to give the printer or leave it as the default name.

9. The Microsoft XPS Document Writer v4 has been added successfully, and you can try printing a test page if you like.

That’s all.

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