Cannot open/view XPS document after Windows 10 v1803 update

My Surface Pro 3 came with Windows 10 version 1709 Fall Creators. I was able to view and access the XML Paper Specification (.xps file format) files on my local driver. However, after clean installed the v1803 update, I could not find the build-in app. It just promptes to select an application to open the file. I could not figure out how to get it working without thrid-part software.

The venerable XPS viewer had been intended as an alternative to PDF and is installed in previous Windows 10 and Win 8/7 by default. But the unloved format supported has been removed with the April 2018 Update, while you are using a fresh copy. To resolve the problem, you could install it manually.

How to restore the XPS Viewer in Windows 10 v1803
* Press Win + I shortcut keys together on the keboard to open the Settings app directly. You can also open the Start menu, and click on the Settings icon in the bottom left corner.
* Click on the Apps category, and select the “Apps & features” tab in the left side.
* Go to the right side pane, click on the “Manage optional features” link.
* Click on + sign button with “Add a feature” text.
* Scroll down to find the “XPS Viewer” from the list, select it and click on the Install button.
* To check if the XPS Viewer is installed, press Win + R and enter xpsrchvw.exe in run dialog box.

Another method is to get it by command prompt.
* Type CMD in the Start menu, right click on the Command Prompt, and select “Run as administrator” option.
* within the elevated command prompt, input the command below carefully:

dism /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:XPS.Viewer~~~~0.0.1.0

and press Enter to execute it.

test2

Leave a Reply