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What Is An XPS Printer Driver?

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What is a Lexmark XPS printer driver?; XPS printer driver; Microsoft Windows Vista; Office


What is XPS?

The XML Paper Specification (XPS) driver is a new printer driver that is designed to make use of the advanced XPS color and graphics features. This driver is available for Microsoft® Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 operating systems.

Click here for more detailed information about XPS drivers.


How to obtain

The XPS drivers are installed upon detection of the printer; however, an updated driver may be available via Windows Update.

Click here for these topics relating to Microsoft Windows Update:

  • Drivers and information
  • To have Windows automatically download recommended drivers and icons
  • To turn on and configure Windows Update
  • To install drivers and other optional updates from Windows Update
  • If Windows can't find a driver for your device
  • If Windows can’t find information about your device in Device Stage

 NOTE: This installation may supersede the installation of Lexmark-specific device drivers.


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Additional XPS information 

  • XPS drivers are pre-installed in the operating system.
  • XPS drivers are supported in Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or later.
  • Administrator privileges are required to install the XPS driver. 
  • Not all printers support this language. Please check Lexmark's marketing materials for compatibility information.
  • Click here for more information about different Page Description Languages (PDLs) and XPS.
  • Certain printers did include this driver found under the \drivers\xps folder on your supplied installation CD; however, it is recommended that you allow Windows Update to provide the latest XPS print driver because the CD-included driver may not be up-to-date.  


XPS driver problems

  1. Identify what driver function is failing; i.e., printing, stapling, application feature?
  2. If available, you can try installing a different driver type; i.e., PCL XL emulation, PS3, HBD?
  3. If other data streams (driver types) do not exhibit the same behavior, and you require additional remedy suggestions, please contact Lexmark Technical Support.


Still need help?

If you require additional assistance, please close this window, go to your product's support page and locate  Get In Touch with Lexmark! for contact information. NOTE: When calling for support, you will need your printer model/machine type and serial number (SN).

Please be near the products described in this article to expedite the support process and reduce call-back situations.


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PCL® is a registered trademark of the Hewlett-Packard Company. PCL is Hewlett-Packard Company's designation of a set of printer commands (language) and functions included in its printer products. This printer is intended to be compatible with the PCL language. This means the printer recognizes PCL commands used in various application programs, and that the printer emulates the functions corresponding to the commands.

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