If you cannot install XPS Viewer in Windows 10 V1803 or later, this article will show you how to fix it using registry manipulation.

As we know that with Windows 10 Version 1803 or later, the XPS Viewer does not came pre-installed. We’ve also shared you following guide to enable or add XPS Viewer to Windows 10:

How to install XPS Viewer in Windows 10

However, following the methods mentioned in above guide might not work for some users and this post will address them. Some users may see that XPS Viewer is not available as optional feature. While some says, even if XPS Viewer is listed as optional feature, nothing happens after clicking Install button. The installation simply doesn’t progress. And others may receive DISM error 87 while enabling the feature using Command Prompt.

FIX Cannot Install XPS Viewer In Windows 10

If you’re facing exactly above mentioned symptoms, here is how to resolve:

FIX: Cannot Install XPS Viewer In Windows 10

FIX 1 – Via Registry

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and type regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. Navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

3. In the corresponding right pane of AU registry key, you’ll see a registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) named UseWUServer which might be set to 1. Double click on it to modify its Data.

FIX Cannot Install XPS Viewer In Windows 10

4. Then in Edit DWORD Value box, put the Value data as 0. Click OK and close the Registry Editor window.

FIX Cannot Install XPS Viewer In Windows 10

5. Now retry to install XPS Viewer again and it should work this time.

6. After installing XPS Viewer, you must restore UseWUServer registry DWORD to Value data as 1.

FIX 2 – Via Group Policy

Users want to fix this issue on multiple machines in their organization/workplace can effectively use this method.

NOTE: This fix is not applicable to Windows 10 Home users.

1. Press W8K + R and put gpedit.msc in Run dialog box to open GPO snap-in. Click OK.

2. Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System.

3. Double click on Specify settings for optional component installation and component repair policy setting and set it to Enabled. Make sure you check Download repair content and optional features directly from Windows Update instead of Windows Server Update Services option. Click Apply, OK.

FIX Cannot Install XPS Viewer In Windows 10

4. You should be able to install XPS Viewer now.

5. Once you installed, you can restore Specify settings for optional component installation and component repair policy setting to Not configured status.

Hope this helps!

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