Open .oxps files on Windows 7 with OXPS to XPS Converter Tool

XPS documents in Windows 7 have the file extension .xps. Although Windows 8 can view and create both XPS files and OXPS files, it is the .oxps format which is the default XPS document format in the new operating system.

xps format Open .oxps files on Windows 7 with OXPS to XPS Converter Tool

Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 does not support this new .oxps format. The .oxps files are created in Windows 8 when users print to a Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW) printer.

The Microsoft XPS Document Writer allows you to create .xps files using any program that you run on Windows. MXDW is a print-to-file driver that enables a Windows application to create XML Paper Specification (XPS) document files on versions of Windows starting with Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2). Using the MXDW makes it possible for a Windows application to save its content as an XPS document without changing any of the application’s program code. 

OXPS to XPS Converter Tool

If you wish to open .oxps format documents in Windows 7, you will have to install the OXPS to XPS Converter Tool.

Using this tool, you will be able to convert the .oxps file created in Windows 8, to an .xps file and the use the XPS Viewer in Windows 7 to view the converted .xps file, says KB2732059.

You can download the tool here:

Windows 7 x86 | Windows 7 x64 | Windows Server 2008 R2 x64.

XPSConverter

You can also use XPSConverter, a command line tool, to convert OXPS files to the XPS file format. The syntax to convert an OXPS file to the XPS format is:

XpsConverter /XPS /InputFile=sample.oxps  /OutputFile=sample.xps

Hope it helps!

Posted by on , in Category Windows with Tags
Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • MS-Junk

    Microsoft… another fine example of alienating their users. PDF forever!!!

  • Denim_blues

    As opposed to any those monolithic corporation’s that don’t, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Watkins/629637578 Daniel Watkins

    lol wow, oxps. That and Windows 7 and 8 not having a .hlp file reader built in, you have to download an update for that too. So win7 should get a patch via automaic updates to update the XPS reader to be able to read .oxps files. Why make users search for an update? Same thing with .hlp files, even though they are only used on old software

  • William

    Why can’t I seem to get around the XpsConverter tool? I tried to follow the instructions in the thread but the command window returns ‘XpsConverter.exe’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

  • Jortsu

    No wonder you can’t find the XpsConverter.exe because HF KB2732059-v5 will install OXpsConverter.exe to C:WindowsSystem32

  • Philippe Bigeat

    This is crazy. MS came up with that .xps nonsense and then decided that it’d be a good idea to p..off their W8 users even more (yes unbelievable) by releasing oxps which makes it impossible to see files between W7 and W8. idiots

  • LongTom

    This is ludicrous. I’m in an office, and it’s impossible to even tell what version of Windows the desktop is running. Has Microsoft EVER made anything intuitive and logical? It’s a rhetorical question…

  • lurker.666

    Ye, I too hate the XPS/OXPS. I found that you can change the defaults in Win8 and let it always save in XPS at least.

    http://www.file-extensions.org/article/how-to-change-the-default-format-for-microsoft-xps-document-writer-in-windows-8

    But i prefer PDF forever!

  • Recent Comments