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Windows 7: XPS Documents, Windows Feature ?

30 Jul 2014   #1

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)
XPS Documents, Windows Feature ?

While trying to remove/disable irrelevant "stuff" on my laptop I discovered the existence of Windows XPS Documents in Windows Features
- in fact I have never heard of Windows Features until today, nor have I EVER struck an XPS file.
. . I started with Windows 3 ... I now know Windows Features were introduced in Vista
Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features
Programs and Features (window)
[Turn Windows features on or off] ... link in left-hand navigation panel
- Windows Features dialog takes about 10 seconds to "fill" with all features
I can successfully disable XPS Services ... BUT ... disabling XPS Viewer shows an alert ...

XPS Documents, Windows Feature ?-alert.png

Q: If I disable XPS Services will the sky fall in ?
- keywords are "might" and (which) "default settings" ?
- if by "default settings" MS is eluding to file associations, why the vagaries. Rhetorical question
- the link for Go online to learn more ... is all vague generalizations.

MS official explanation XPS documents: FAQs ... was no help for this XPS newbie.

BEST real-world explanation ...
What Is an XPS File and Why Does Windows Want Me to Print to One?

... so can I safely disable XPS Viewer... thank you :)

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03 Aug 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro

You are perfectly fine to disable xps reader windows feature.

Nothing bad will happen. You just will not be able to open xps documents

xps is Microsofts alternative to pdf. It just never caught on.
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03 Aug 2014   #3

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)

Thanks Andrew :)

As I suspected, a storm in a thimble.

Resolved !
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