Saturday, September 5, 2015

How to Get Classic Calculator Back in Windows 10

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.'s "Old Calculator for Windows 10" 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 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.

Click Finish.

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.

Standard Calculator

Scientific Calculator

Programmer Calculator

Statistics Calculator

Microsoft Calculator Plus

The 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 If you can't trust this app, I'm not sure what software you can trust.

Launch the Microsoft installer CalcPlus.msi.

Click Next.

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 app.


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  2. excellent, thanks for this. the win10 calculator is so slow to launch its redic!

  3. The second, Microsoft solution no longer works. The idiots at Microsoft have once again decided that they think they know what the users want better than the users and have eliminated the calculator plus program and converted it into an massive, useless app that takes up more than half of your screen.

    1. which is why I now use Linux- and only use windows 10 in a virtual machine with not access to internet- Sadly I still need windows for some expensive programs I have- otherwise i'd ditch it altogether! sick of companies deciding for me what I should like and not like- Windows apps supposedly has a 'classic windows calculator' for download- but But I can't get it to download

  4. Use the Calc.exe from Windows XP. works like a charm

  5. The link stated above for calculator plus is no longer valid. However I've downloaded the simple old calculator and it works a treat. Thank you Winaero!

  6. The link stated above for calculator plus is no longer valid. However I've downloaded the simple old calculator and it works a treat. Thank you Winaero!

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  8. It’s so easy… All Versions Of Windows Calculators Before The New Windows 10 Calculator. Go To Your C: Drive, Open The Windows Folder, Open The System32 Folder. Scroll Down And Find calc Then Copy The File On To A Flash Drive Or Similar. On Flash Drive Rename calc To calc2 Go To Windows 10, (Plug In Flash Drive), Find System32, Then Paste calc2 In There. Your Done. Now You Have 2 Calculators To Choose From. You Could Delete The Windows 10 Calculator Or Don’t Use It. Send calc2 Shortcut To Where You Like. MH

    1. Nope. Windows 7 calc.exe does not run on Windows 10. At least with the several Windows 10 installs I've tried.

    2. Open The System32 Folder. Scroll Down And Find calc1
      Right click on it and select pin to start. job done.

    3. Did you mean Calc2 that was copied and pasted from the flash drive? I right clicked the Calc2 I pasted from Windows Vista and selected "pin to start". I don't see it available anywhere to launch under start.

  9. Jeff, thanks a MILLION for this!

    To be honoust, I hated the W10 Calculator from the very first second.

    But now I have my old beloved XP/W8/W8.1 calculator back and suddenly, even outside the sun is shining once more for me!

    Thanks, Wilko Opheikens, TheNetherlands.

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    1. Problem fixed earlier. Just wouldn't into laptop the first time.

  11. Unfortunately Microsoft seems to have removed the CalcPlus for good from their website.

  12. True that it's not as easy as copying calc.exe from Windows 7 or 8, but it's almost as easy: you also need to copy calc.exe.mui from the appropriate language folder for your Windows language. e.g. for me, I also copied calc.exe.mui from en-US. You can then put the old calc.exe in your Windows System folder as e.g. calc1.exe, and then put the old calc.exe.mui in the appropriate language folder as e.g. calc1.exe.mui.

  13. I tried, but Microsoft said, "This download is no longer available". What to do next?