Microsoft has changed many things in Windows 10. Some of those changes are great and some of them are not quite that good. One of the changes that has users scratching their heads is the "update" of the calculator app. The new app is stylish and more touch friendly, but something's missing. I liked the old, classic, calc.exe and I want it back. Here's how to do it.
|Windows 10 Calc.exe|
Unfortunately, getting the "classic" calculator app working in Windows 10 isn't as easy as just copying calc.exe from a Windows 7 or 8 install. For some reason calc.exe will not run on Windows 10. Thanks Mr. Softy. Luckily, there are a couple of alternatives.
Winaero.com's "Old Calculator for Windows 10"
Winaero.com has posted what appears to be the exact classic calculator app that we know and love. I'm not sure how they did this, but it looks like it's been re-complied to run in Windows 10. This is absolutely the best option I've found, but with one caveat, I cannot guarantee that this app is only doing what it's supposed to do. It could be mining Bitcoin, joining my PC to a botnet, or participating in DDoS attacks for all I know. The only things I know for sure are that it's not creating any network traffic on my PC and it's the classic calculator app I use. Use it at your own risk.
Download the installer from http://winaero.com/download.php?view.1795. Extract the file and launch "Old Calculator for Windows 10.exe".
Let Windows 10 know it's alright to install unknown software by clicking Yes in the User Access Control dialog box.
Select your preferred language and click OK.
Click Install to start the installation.
On the Start menu under Recently added you should see Calculator. By right clicking on it you can pin it to Start or pin it to taskbar. If you click on Calculator, you'll find it virtually identical to the Windows 8 app.
Microsoft Calculator Plus
The Winaero.com app is the way to go, but I feel it would be remiss of me not to mention a solution from Microsoft.
Microsoft's Calculator Plus has been around for a long time and it works in Windows 10. That's one of the reasons why it's funny that calc.exe from Windows 8 doesn't run in Windows 10, but whatever, that's par for Microsoft.
Microsoft Calculator Plus can be downloaded from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21622. If you can't trust this app, I'm not sure what software you can trust.
Launch the Microsoft installer CalcPlus.msi.
There's a couple of configuration changes you can make here, but just click Next.
Close the installer when it's done.
On the Start menu under Recently added you should find Microsoft Calculator Plus. From here you can pin it to Start or pin it to taskbar. If you click on Microsoft Calculator Plus, you'll be presented with a nightmare of a user interface.
Fear not. I wouldn't do this to my worst enemy. Click View and select Classic View.
Microsoft Calculator Plus is not too bad. If it was the only option, I'd use it, but many of the features in the Windows 7 and 8 versions are not here. If you want the whole enchilada, go with the Winaero.com app.