With Windows 8, Microsoft introduced the Oxps (Open XML Paper Specification) file format, which is similar to the default XPS format that gets created when you send a document to the Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW) printer.

Windows 7 supports only the previous XPS file format and doesn’t allow you to open the Oxps file format. While in windows 8, .oxps format is the default XPS document format. Microsoft has released and OXPS to XPS File Converter that would convert the .oxps files to the .xps file format.

Note :

  1. You must be running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for this update to work.
  2. To start the download from microsoft website, you need to pass the genuine windows validation test as its available as an update for windows 7 systems.

If you’ve turned on Automatic Updates in Windows 7, you might have already installed this tool as an update (KB2732059).

Using the OXPS to XPS Converter

  1. Download the tool using the below link.
  2. Use the tool to convert the .oxps file to an .xps file.
  3. Open the .xps file in XPS Viewer.

Download OXPS to XPS Converter for Windows 7 (32-bit)

Download OXPS to XPS Converter for Windows 7 (64-bit)

Download OXPS to XPS Converter for Windows Server 2008 R2

However, if you’d like to make save the documents as xps by default then here’s how.

Making .XPS as the Default file Format in Windows 8

After implementing this change in windows 8, the applications will now choose the xps format over the oxps format as the default option. But you could always choose to save in the oxps format from the Save as type combo box.

  1. Press Win + R key to bring up the ‘RUN’ window and type gpedit.msc and press enter.Group Policy Editor in Windows 8
  2. This would bring up the Group Policy Editor. Navigate to Local Computer Policy\Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Printers
  3. On the right pane of the window you would need to double click on “Change Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW) default output format to the legacy Microsoft XPS format (*.xps)” which would bring up the corresponding options.gpedit.msc xps default format
  4. Now the Options window would popup.Change Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW) default output format to the legacy Microsoft XPS format
  5. Change the option from Not Configured to Enabled and press Apply > OK.

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