Windows 10 Calculator broken, crashes right as is opens.

Tanquen

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Not sure when this happened or why but last week I went to use the calculator and it crashed on launch. I've gone through a few guides and nothing works.

At first the calculator was installed so I tried the built in calculator app reset and all that did was change the window to some default size before crashing.

Then I deleted it and tried to reinstall from the MS Store and it downloads and does nothing.

I just tried an in place Windows 10 install at it is still crashing and I can't reinstall it.

There is a setting to reset the MS Store and that did not work.

There is a PowerShell command to uninstall it and that also did not work.

Some guides suggest to try another profile and that did not work.
Run As Admin also don't work.

Some guides suggest to try DISM online repair. I recommend running sfc /scannow and that did not work.

So tired of dumb little things that force you to reinstall Windows 10. :(

Even the built in Windows Store troubleshooter just shows that there is a crashing app but can do nothing.

Why on Gods green Earth can MS not install their own App in their own OS?
 
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Tanquen

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Sorry guys already tried those in the many online guides. Added them to my list. The main thing is that even the in place Windows 10 reinstall did not work. :(
 
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Light1984

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Maybe a long shot, but I had some really weird behavior recently due to fast startup being enabled. Try disabling that, shut down, power back up? Worth a shot
 

mnewxcv

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Go to settings, apps and features, and uninstall calculator. Then reinstall it.
 

B00nie

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Not sure when this happened or why but last week I went to use the calculator and it crashed on launch. I've gone through a few guides and nothing works.

At first the calculator was installed so I tried the built in calculator app reset and all that did was change the window to some default size before crashing.

Then I deleted it and tried to reinstall from the MS Store and it downloads and does nothing.

I just tried an in place Windows 10 install at it is still crashing and I can't reinstall it.

There is a setting to reset the MS Store and that did not work.

There is a PowerShell command to uninstall it and that also did not work.

Some guides suggest to try another profile and that did not work.
Run As Admin also don't work.

Some guides suggest to try DISM online repair. I recommend running sfc /scannow and that did not work.

So tired of dumb little things that force you to reinstall Windows 10. :(

Even the built in Windows Store troubleshooter just shows that there is a crashing app but can do nothing.

Why on Gods green Earth can MS not install their own App in their own OS?
There are other OSes to choose from, just dump Windows.
 

bigdogchris

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I like the idea of creating a separate user account on the computer and logging in, then checking to see if it works.
 

cdabc123

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to be fair i cant count how many times ive hit a issue in linux and just nuked the os and started over. Almost as much as windows 10 (but not quite ;P )

esxi ftw. makes it easy to quickly unfuck the os
 

B00nie

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to be fair i cant count how many times ive hit a issue in linux and just nuked the os and started over. Almost as much as windows 10 (but not quite ;P )

esxi ftw. makes it easy to quickly unfuck the os
I have done the same, until I started to learn and understand how to fix things. With linux it's possible, not so with Windows.
 

Algrim

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I use the calculator on my phone. Is there a particular reason that your calculation has to be done on the desktop?
 

cybereality

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I use the calculator on my phone. Is there a particular reason that your calculation has to be done on the desktop?
I see what you are saying, but the calculator is such an essential part of a computer. Having it not work is an insult.
 

Nobu

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I have done the same, until I started to learn and understand how to fix things. With linux it's possible, not so with Windows.
Yeah, was trying to add a user to vboxusers group, but it just wouldn't take, no matter how many times I logged out and in. Well, ran `users` and found there were three sessions still open for who knows what reason. Everything worked after terminating the zombie sessions....

As for the win calculator, I seem to remember encountering a similar problem before. Unfortunately, dun remember how I fixed it. If windows gave some more helpful crash info, it'd be easier to figure out what's wrong...there's probably something in the logs...somewhere.
 

Tanquen

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Maybe a long shot, but I had some really weird behavior recently due to fast startup being enabled. Try disabling that, shut down, power back up? Worth a shot
Already disabled. Updates seem to cause the computer to reboot and messes up the boot header or something so the US won't boot anymore. Seems more stable after disabling fast startup and hibernate and whatever the other ones are called I forget.
 

Tanquen

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I use the calculator on my phone. Is there a particular reason that your calculation has to be done on the desktop?
Yeah no, I use it a lot for work and programming it's way easier just to hit the little calculator button on the computer and continue typing numbers on the number pad I'm already using then to go get my phone and get the calculator app working on it. Also, I'm already using the phone for various other things, teams meetings and so on.
 

cybereality

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Also, if you are programming, or maybe doing work in Excel, it's very handy to use the calculator on the PC and copy and paste into your work file.
 

B00nie

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Yeah no, I use it a lot for work and programming it's way easier just to hit the little calculator button on the computer and continue typing numbers on the number pad I'm already using then to go get my phone and get the calculator app working on it. Also, I'm already using the phone for various other things, teams meetings and so on.
If you do programming the most logical move is to switch to linux. Unless you made the mistake of learning some proprietary MS language lol.
 

bigdogchris

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Yes, as I said in the OP I already did that.
Whoops. When you say you tried to uninstall it with PowerShell and it 'did not work' do you mean it failed to uninstall it, or it uninstalled but when you reinstalled it still does not work?
 

Zeoclang

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The calculator is stored at C:\Windows\System32\calc.exe
Copy calc.exe from a working computer and replace your broken one.
 
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