How to Open OXPS Files in Windows 10 & 11

First, you need to install XPS Viewer

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Key notes

  • OXPS files are a file format used for storing electronic documents, designed to preserve the layout and formatting of a document. 
  • To open it, you need XPS viewer & to install it you need Windows PowerShell or the Settings app.
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OXPS (Open XML Paper Specification) files are a popular format for storing electronic documents that preserve their formatting and layout, regardless of the software or device used to view them.

However, opening OXPS files in Windows 10 and 11 can be challenging, as these operating systems do not natively support this format.

We will explore both built-in solutions provided by Microsoft that can help you access and work with OXPS files seamlessly.

How can I open OXPS files in Windows 11?

Before engaging in advanced troubleshooting steps, you should consider performing the following checks:

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To open OXPS files, you need an XPS viewer, which is not installed by default on your Windows computer. Follow any methods to install the XPS viewer on your Windows 10 or 11 computer.

1. Use the Settings app

  1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Apps.Go to Apps - optional features
  3. Click Optional features from the right pane.
  4. Now click Add an optional feature.Add an optional feature  Add an optional feature  open oxps file
  5. Search XPS viewer, select it, and click Next.Select XPS viewer
  6. Click Install. Wait for the installation to complete, then restart your PC.Install

Now use XPS Viewer to open the OXPS files

2. Use the DISM command

  1. Press the Windows key, type command prompt, and click Run as administrator.CMD elevated
  2. Type the following command and press Enter: dism /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:XPS.Viewer~~~~ to install XPS viewer to open OXPS files
  3. Let the installation be complete, then reboot your PC. Once your PC starts, launch XPS Viewer to open the OXPS files.

In case you are looking for a way to open and view the XML file, read this guide for step-by-step instructions.

3. Use the Windows PowerShell

  1. Press the Windows key, type powershell, and click Run as administrator.
  2. Copy & paste the following command and hit Enter: Get-WindowsCapability -Online |? {$_.Name -like "XPS" -and $_.State -eq "NotPresent"} | Add-WindowsCapability -Onlinepowershell command to install XPS viewer to open OXPS files
  3. Wait for the process to complete, then reboot your computer. Once the PC boots up, launch the XPS Viewer to open the OXPS files.

So, these are methods to install XPS Viewer to view OXPS files on your Windows 11 computer.

Microsoft no longer supports these files; once you can access them, convert them into PDFs for future use.

How can I open OXPS files in Windows 10?

To open the OXPS files, you need to have a user account with admin rights on your Windows 10 computer, then follow the methods mentioned above for Windows 11.

If you face issues while opening XPS files on a Windows 10/11 computer, we suggest you check out this informative guide to get the solutions.

Please feel free to give us any information, tips, and your experience with the subject in the comments section below.

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