Reinstall Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by Gnavicks, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. Gnavicks

    Gnavicks Guest

    How do I reinstall the Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer in Vista if
    it was deleted from the Printers folder as well as deleted from the
    Drivers tab on the Printer Server Properties?

    I've tried using the drivers in the
    "C:\Windows\System32\spool\tools\Microsoft XPS Document Writer" folder
    on the XPSPort but I get "Printer driver was not installed. Unable to
    find a core driver package that is required by the printer driver
    package."
     
    Gnavicks, Jul 13, 2007
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  2. Gnavicks

    BillR [MVP] Guest

    Is Word 2007 installed?
    You could see if reinstalling the Save as pdf and xps add-in works.
     
    BillR [MVP], Jul 14, 2007
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  3. Gnavicks

    Gnavicks Guest

    No, I only have Microsoft Office 2003
     
    Gnavicks, Jul 15, 2007
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  4. Mike Hall - MVP, Jul 15, 2007
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  5. Gnavicks

    Gnavicks Guest

    That is for Microsoft Office 2007 only
     
    Gnavicks, Jul 15, 2007
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  6. Open Printers folder
    Click Add a Printer
    In the Add Printer wizard, click Add a local printer
    Under Use an existing port click XPSPort: and then click Next
    Under Manufacturer click Microsoft and under Printers click the XPS Document
    Writer
    Complete the wizard.

    Hope that helps,

    Adrian Lannin
     
    Adrian Lannin, Jul 15, 2007
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  7. Gnavicks

    Gnavicks Guest

    I have tried to use the Printer Wizard but initially "Microsoft" wasn'
    listed in the manufactures. I could browse t
    "C:\Windows\System32\spool\tools\Microsoft XPS Document Writer" and th
    wizard attempted to install the printer on the local XPSPort but i
    failed with the message "Printer Driver was not installed. Unable t
    find a core driver pacakge that is required by the printer drive
    package.
     
    Gnavicks, Jul 16, 2007
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  8. Gnavicks

    BillR [MVP] Guest

    BillR [MVP], Jul 16, 2007
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  9. Gnavicks

    Gnavicks Guest

    I've tried to install the XPS Essentials Pack but it fails with the
    message "The update does not apply to your system" when trying to
    install the XPSEP Vista 32 bit.msu on my Windows Vista Business 32-bit
    notebook. The .NET Framework 3.0 also fails to install because it says
    "You must use 'Turn Windows features on or off' in the Control Panel to
    install or configure Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0."
     
    Gnavicks, Jul 16, 2007
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  10. Gnavicks

    BillR [MVP] Guest

    Stumped. The experience pack won't install on Vista so that kills that idea.
    The error message is because NET3 is part of Vista and, apparently, won't
    install over the top to bring back that printer.

    you can get the redistributable package for XPS but I'm really not sure how
    an installation will go.
    Info is here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/print/PrintDrv_redist.mspx
     
    BillR [MVP], Jul 17, 2007
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  11. Gnavicks

    Gnavicks Guest

    Directly on the Redistributing Windows Vista Print Drivers page:
    http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/print/PrintDrv_redist.mspx it says
    "Note: These packages are not intended for use on Windows Vista and
    later releases and driver setup packages should not attempt to install
    these packages on Windows Vista. The XPSDrv system components are
    pre-installed on Windows Vista and later releases."

    I guess the only real solution to this problem is to repair Vista. I
    don't think I'm going that far to reinstall the XPS printer. I sent an
    email to about this problem so maybe I'll get a
    response back soon.
     
    Gnavicks, Jul 17, 2007
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  12. Read Adrians solution and add the printer using the Add Printer Wizard.

    The drivers are list in the manufacture model page unless you have a
    corrupted infcache.1 file.

    --
    Alan Morris
    Windows Printing Team
    Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;[ln];kbhowto

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
     
    Alan Morris [MSFT], Jul 18, 2007
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  13. Gnavicks

    Gnavicks Guest

    Yes, the XPS printer is now listed under the Printer list of the
    "Microsoft" manufacturer list, but only because I browsed to
    "C:\Windows\System32\spool\tools\Microsoft XPS Document Writer." Like I
    said before, the wizard attempts to install the printer on the local
    XPSPort but it fails with the message "Printer Driver was not
    installed. Unable to find a core driver pacakge that is required by the
    printer driver package."

    I believe the printer was removed from the list you are talking about
    because I deleted the "driver and driver package" from the Drivers tab
    on the Printer Server Properties.
     
    Gnavicks, Jul 18, 2007
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  14. I just removed the Driver Package and that did not prevent me from
    reinstalling the driver and printer


    here are the files that are required for the XPS printer

    06/26/2007 06:00 AM 763,904 mxdwdrv.dll
    06/26/2007 06:03 AM 198,144 mxdwdui.dll
    11/02/2006 05:34 AM 67,628 mxdwdui.gpd
    11/02/2006 05:34 AM 42 mxdwdui.ini
    06/26/2007 06:00 AM 23,812 STDDTYPE.GDL
    06/26/2007 06:00 AM 14,362 STDNAMES.GPD
    06/26/2007 06:00 AM 59,116 STDSCHEM.GDL
    06/26/2007 06:00 AM 2,278 STDSCHMX.GDL
    06/26/2007 06:00 AM 373,248 UNIDRV.DLL
    06/26/2007 06:00 AM 21,225 unidrv.hlp
    06/26/2007 06:00 AM 744,448 unidrvui.dll
    06/26/2007 06:00 AM 761,856 UNIRES.DLL
    06/26/2007 06:00 AM 1,675,776 XPSSVCS.DLL

    --
    Alan Morris
    Windows Printing Team
    Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;[ln];kbhowto

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
     
    Alan Morris [MSFT], Jul 18, 2007
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  15. Gnavicks

    Gnavicks Guest

    Alan,

    I copied those files from another Vista installation but I am unsure
    about what to do with them.

    I also did step 13 in this document while trying to repair my Adobe PDF
    printer a while back.

    http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?id=333221

    I have since gotten all my printers to reinstall, just not the XPS
    one.

    Step 13 of the Adobe document told me to search
    http://support.microsoft.com for the 810894 article. I did the
    following in that article.

    I started Windows Explorer, and then deleted all files and folders in
    the following two folders:

    • c:\windows\system32\spool\printers
    • c:\windows\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86

    I Clicked Start, clicked Run, typed regedit in the Open box, and then
    pressed ENTER.

    Navigated to and then clicked the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows
    NT x86

    Viewed the list of subkeys. Which were only the following:

    • Drivers
    • Print Processors

    I didn't delete any subkeys becuase the above mentioned were the only
    ones in there.

    I located and then expand the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows
    NT x86\Drivers

    I expand the Version-x subkey or subkeys, and then delete the printer
    driver entries.

    Navigated to and then clicked the registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monitors

    Viewed the list of subkeys. I only deleted the keys that pertained to
    what I was doing so I left the following keys in there.

    Bluetooth Printer Port
    BP20 Langmon
    Local Port
    Standard TCP/IP Port
    USB Monitor
    WSD Port

    Then I restarted and reinstalled all my printers. Only the XPS printer
    wouldn't reinstall.
     
    Gnavicks, Jul 18, 2007
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  16. Gnavicks

    J.W. Guest

    Hello,

    I am experiencing the "unable to find a core driver package" error. I'm
    looking for a solution as well. In my case, I am trying to (re)install a HP
    PSC1315 printer.

    In my case, it begain when I could not install any USB devices without
    problems. I had deleted the infcache.1 file as suggested by others. I was
    finally clued into what was going wrong by looking at the report files
    located in c:\Windows\WER\ReportQueue. (There's probably a more appropriate
    location to find the information.)

    Basically, the installation wasn't successful because "The system cannot
    find the file specified." Somehow, it was only looking for the driver files
    in the c:\Windows\inf directory.

    After copying the driver file to this directory, I was successful in
    installing my USB devices.

    Since you know (from the previous post) what files need to be copied, and
    you have those files from another Vista installation, you might want to try
    to put them to the c:\Windows\inf directory. I don't know if this will
    work, but it may be worth a try.

    Regards,
    J.W.
     
    J.W., Jul 20, 2007
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  17. Gnavicks

    Gnavicks Guest

    J.W.,

    I combined the files from the other Vista installation and the file
    from the "C:\Windows\System32\spool\tools\Microsoft XPS Documen
    Writer" folder and put them in a folder called "XPS" and copied it t
    the "C:\Windows\inf" directory and then tried to install the MXDW o
    the XPSPort; it didn't work.

    Now at least Vista is prompting me to "Provide a printer driver."
    believe it was asking for the Vista install DVD; I put that in but i
    didn't work anyway.

    Thanks for the help anyway
     
    Gnavicks, Jul 20, 2007
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  18. Gnavicks

    BillR [MVP] Guest

    I'd set a Restore Point and then try it (possibly install in XP
    compatibility mode).
    You are missing the sub-system and that should install it. Whether it works
    or not is another story.

    It seems easier to try than a full system repair.
     
    BillR [MVP], Jul 22, 2007
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  19. Gnavicks

    Gnavicks Guest

    BillR,

    Are you saying that I should install the MXDW in XP Compatibility Mode?
    How do I do that if I don't have an executable file?
     
    Gnavicks, Jul 22, 2007
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  20. Gnavicks

    BillR [MVP] Guest

    that's what I'd try but I'd back up the system by setting a Restore point
    first.. Will it allow you to download it? Either that or the XPS Experience
    pack.
     
    BillR [MVP], Jul 23, 2007
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