Solution to Calculator Application not working in Windows 10

Solution to Calculator Application not working in Windows 10

One common application on Windows is the calculator which is very useful for users. Sometimes Windows users experience issues whereby the Calculator app fails to function. 

Here at Outsource Path, we regularly help our Customers to fix Windows related issues as part of our Technical Support Services.

In this context, we shall look into the causes of this error and how to get rid of it quickly.

What triggers Calculator Application not working issue in Windows 10?

This issue generally occurs after installing a feature update. In other cases the Calculator Application simply fails to work and either freezes or crashes.

This error is caused by a feature update which could have altered the system's settings.

Also, issues with the login account or corrupted and missing files can trigger this error.

How to fix Calculator Application not working issue in Windows 10?

To resolve this problem, here are some suggestions you can follow.

1. Run the System File Checker Scan

System File Checker or SFC is a built-in command utility that helps in restoring corrupted files as well as missing files. It replaces bad and corrupted system files to good system files that might be the reason why the calculator app is not working properly. To run the SFC command, follow the steps given below.

i. Tap Win + R to launch Run.

ii. Type in cmd in the field and tap Enter.

iii. After opening Command Prompt,execute;

sfc /scannow

This command will start a system scan which will take a few while before it finishes. 

Once the process is completed, you could get the following results:

a. Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.

b. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.

c. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.

iv. Reboot your computer.

2. Run the DISM tool

You can also run the DISM Tool as it helps in repairing the Windows System Image as well as the Windows Component Store in Windows 10. Using this built-in tool, you have various options such as the “/ScanHealth”, “/CheckHealth”, and “/RestoreHealth” that could help in fixing the Calculator app.

i. Open the Command Prompt with admin privileges.

ii. Then type in the following commands and make sure to hit Enter right after you type each one of them:

a. Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

b. Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

c. Dism (.)exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

iii. Do not close the window if the process takes a while as it will probably take a few minutes to finish.

3. Try logging into your computer using a different User Account

You might want to try logging into a different User Account since it is possible that the issue could have something to do with your login account. 

Thus, you can isolate this possibility by logging into a different user account. 

If you do not have any other user account, simply create a new one by;

i. Click on the Start icon.

ii. From there, navigate to "Settings > Account > Family & other users". 

iii. Then, go to the Other users section and click on the Add someone else to this PC option and then input all the needed information and restart your computer. 

iv. Once your computer has restarted, log into your computer using the newly created user account.

4. Try to reset or reinstall the Calculator app

If the first three given options didn’t work, you might want to reset or reinstall the Calculator app. To do that, follow these steps:

i. Click on the Start button and go to Settings > Apps > Apps and features.

ii. Next, look for the Calculator app from the app list and click on it to see its other options.

iii. After that, select the Advanced options and go to the Reset section and then click on the Reset button to reset the Calculator app.

Note: You also have the option to reinstall the Calculator app. All you have the option to visit Microsoft Store and from there, uninstall the Calculator app.

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