Consider the following scenario:
- On a Windows 7-based system, you have a printer installed that uses an XPS-based print driver.
- On the Advanced tab of the printer properties, the Print directly to the printer option is selected.
When the Print directly to the printer option is selected, the print job must be rendered under the application process. However, with XPS-based print drivers, the print job is rendered under the PrintFilterPipelineSvc.exe process. Therefore, the print job must be sent to the spooler, where it is then sent to the PrintFilterPipelineSvc.exe process to be rendered.
To work around this issue, use one of the following methods:
- Configure the printer to use spooling.
- Use a GDI-based print driver.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 use the new v4 XPS based printer model. Therefore, the Print directly to the printer option is unavailable (appears dimmed).