Is it safe to delete Microsoft XPS Document Writer and Fax in hardware page?

jack b January 30, 2012
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Is it safe to delete Microsoft XPS Document Writer and Fax in hardware page? Windows 7 shows both as devices.

  1. Chris Hoffman
    January 31, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Yes, it's completely safe. This is just a virtual device that creates XPS files (sort of like Microsoft's version of PDF) when you print to it.

    You can use Mike's method or right-click the device and select Remove Device. You can add it again later, if you really need it.

    • Ed
      February 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Like Chris, I will just right-click on it and select Remove Device.

      Done this on several computers and no problem so far.

  2. Mike
    January 31, 2012 at 12:31 am

    It should be safe to remove them. The general way to do so is:
    Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > "Turn Windows features on or off"

    The XPS Printer and Viewer entires should be at the bottom of the list. Uncheck them and click OK.

  3. Anonymous
    January 30, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    There is a tool
    XPS Removal Tool 3.0 - Freeware
    http://www.rogosoft.com/xps.html
    also tels you how to reinstall if necessary
    so should be safe, myself didn't tried it, so it is your decision.

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