.XPS File Format - an electronic paper format for one-way export from a Microsoft client application (feature rich) to a platform and application independent, paginated format document which follows Open Packaging conventions.
So what is the new OpenXPS (.OXPS) format? The exact same as .XPS except its been standardized as an open format by the Ecma International standards organization. In Windows 8, Microsoft changed the out of the box printing format for xps to the oxps format. Again, this wouldn't be a problem if the new format could be opened in previous versions on windows OOTB. To fix this, I needed to change the default back to the old xps.
Here is a step by step from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hh859698. I copy and pasted the manual way in case it gets removed from the other location.
- Search for "Group Policy" and select "Edit Group Policy" from Settings.
- In the Group Policy control panel, select Local Computer Policy\Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Printers in the tree on the left of the screen. Then, double-click "Change Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW) default output format to the legacy Microsoft XPS format (*.xps)" to open the options.
- You can make the following selections:
- "NotConfigured" and "Disabled" will set the MXDW default to OpenXPS.
- "Enabled" will set the MXDW default to Microsoft XPS.
- Click OK to save settings.
Note: You may need to logoff/login or force a Group Policy update from an administrator command prompt (gpupdate /force) before the change in policy will take effect.