Windows 10 Calculator App Not Working or Missing (Fix)

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Most of us, the Windows users, would still rely on a few casual apps such as the Microsoft Calculator app in Windows 10 for our daily calculation needs. This post explains how to fix Windows 10 Calculator app not working or missing issue, particularly after a recent Windows Update.

The Microsoft Calculator app is a bloatware app comes with your Windows 10 installation. You can launch it by simply searching it from the start menu or Cortana. You can also pin it to your taskbar or create a shortcut on the desktop for easier access.

If the Windows 10 Calculator app suddenly gone missing from all these mentioned places and you can’t even find it with Cortana, it could mean that it was removed or corrupted by accident most likely due to recent changes in your Windows 10 system. Here’s what you can do to bring the calculator app back to your Windows 10 and to fix Calculator app not working in Windows 10 issue.

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How to fix Calculator App Not Working in Windows 10

Reset Calculator App in Windows 10

The first thing to try is to reset the Calculator app in Windows 10 entirely. By resetting the app, all of its settings will be reverted to its factory default, thus may solve your Windows 10 Calculator app not working issue. Here’s how to reset it.

  1. Press Win+i to open Settings app.
  2. Select Apps.
  3. From the left pane, select Apps & features.
  4. Now, on the right pane, scroll down and look for Calculator from the list of apps.
  5. Select it, then click on Advanced options.Windows 10 Calculator App Missing
  6. In the Calculator settings window, under Reset, click on the Reset button.Reset Calculator app in Windows 10
  7. Restart your PC.

After rebooting your computer, retry launching Calculator app in windows 10 again and see if your problem is fixed.

Reinstall Calculator app in Windows 10

If you can’t see Calculator app from the list of apps or the above method doesn’t work to solve your Windows 10 Calculator app not working or missing issue, try to reinstall the Calculator app using Windows PowerShell. Here’s how to do it.

Go to start menu or Cortana and search for Windows Powershell. Right-click it and select Run as administrator. In the PowerShell, type the following command.

Get-AppxPackage -Name Microsoft.WindowsCalculator

This command is to show the Windows 10 Calculator app package info. We need the package full name in order to remove the Calculator app. From what you are seeing right now in PowerShell, copy the entire line of PackageFullName. Screenshot below may have a different version of Windows 10 Calculator app than yours. You need to copy your version of calculator package full name.

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Next, type the following command with your version of PackageFullName. Again, do not copy the following command. Only use the Remove-AppxPackage command with the package full name you have copied earlier.

Remove-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_10.1806.1821.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe

Uninstall Reinstall Microsoft Calculator app Windows 10

After executing the command, the Windows 10 Calculator app should be uninstalled and removed from your PC entirely. Now, you will have to install it again from the Microsoft Store.

Go to start menu. Search for Microsoft Store and open it. In the store, search for Windows Calculator. Select it and then click on the Get button to install the Windows 10 Calculator app. Optionally, you can also try other Calculator app developed by third parties by searching calculator in the Microsoft Store.

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This method should solve any issue with the Windows 10 Calculator app not working or missing problem.

Reinstall all Windows 10 default apps

We do not recommend this method as it will also wipe all other default apps in Windows 10 and reinstall them. If you can’t get the PackageFullName to remove only the Calculator app as guided above, or the command above just doesn’t work, here’s a universal command to reinstall all default apps in Windows 10 at once.

Open Windows PowerShell with admin privileges as outlined above, and then enter the following command.

Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

Calculator App Windows 10 Not Working

The above command will reinstall all default apps including the Calculator app in Windows 10 for the current user account. If you want to reinstall all Windows apps for all accounts in your PC, run the following command instead.

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

This method is known to be the most widely use “fix all” option when users have issues with their Windows 10 default apps, such as the Windows 10 Calculator app not working or missing problem.

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