Windows 10: How to locate an EXE file that I have just installed? Solved

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  1.    13 Jan 2018 #1

    How to locate an EXE file that I have just installed?


    BTW: this post relates to an earlier post of today. I'm creating a new post, because (a) I don't want to hijack my own post, and (b) I don't want to hide possibly useful info inside the wrong title. The older post is here. I'll need to go back and edit the older post after I clear up the mess with this post. Sorry about that:

    Where is old Windows scientific calculator? - Windows 10 Forums

    During the installation, the installer did not ask for a target location. (I verified that by trying to install again - but the installer warned that the program had already been installed.)

    During install, I was told that the output folder would be:C:\Users\<username>\App Data\Local\Temp

    The problem is that I can't find the installed file, in order to run it

    The original EXE filename was "OldCalcWin10". Before installing, I renamed this using a hierarchical naming method, with the highest object at the start, and the minor object at the end: "Win10CalcOld". I'm not a techie, so I don't know if renaming the EXE screws things up.

    Here's how I tried to locate the installed file:

    - Look in Desktop folder, sorted by date
    - Look in Start > Programs
    - Look in Program Files, sorted by date
    - Look in Program Files (x86), sorted by date
    - Look in Control Panel > Programs and Features


    I can find it in Control Panel as "Old Calculator for Windows 10". But, of course, there's no install location.Thanks.
    Last edited by Barman58; 13 Jan 2018 at 05:37. Reason: Correct link
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  2.    13 Jan 2018 #2

    Mine appears here:
    C:\Windows\System32\calc1.exe

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  3. Posts : 19,328
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       13 Jan 2018 #3

    See if this software can help you find a file.
    Once you find the file you can then trace it backward.
    It will index every file on the computer.

    Download and install Everything:
    voidtools
    The software can be configured to launch on boot or whenever you need it.
    As you type a character there will be instantaneous search results.
    The more characters you type the narrower the search results.

    This should enable you to find any file on any of the drives attached to the computer.
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  4. Posts : 2,694
    Windows 10 Pro x64 1803 - 17134.5 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       13 Jan 2018 #4

    One issue that could cause a search not to find the file is that the C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp location is normally a hidden location, (to protect against accidental changes), so AppData and it's contents will not show in a search. If you set the File - View to Show Hidden it may help
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  5. Posts : 19,328
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       13 Jan 2018 #5

    Hi Barman58,
    The explorer search has a view setting to search for hidden files and it can take a while to search.
    In contrast Everything does not discriminate and finds everything.
    If found the ApppData

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    These are the default settings:
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  6.    13 Jan 2018 #6

    dalchina said: View Post
    Mine appears here......
    Thanks for the response.

    Your link gives the old Windows calculator I want to use - which of course is not the calculator that I installed earlier today. I looked in SYSTEM32, but it wasn't there.

    So, unfortunately, if anyone is looking for help according to the title of the post, they won't find it here :-(

    I don't think a post title can be edited..
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 1803 - 17134.5 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       13 Jan 2018 #7

    If you wish to change / combine or rename threads for your ease of use let me know and I'll sort it for you
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  8.    13 Jan 2018 #8

    [QUOTE]
    OldGrantonian said: View Post
    Thanks for the response.

    Your link gives the old Windows calculator I want to use - which of course is not the calculator that I installed earlier today. I looked in SYSTEM32, but it wasn't there.
    I take it you're not referring to this, then:
    Old Windows 7 Calculator for Windows 10

    which is found from your
    OldCalcWin10
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  9. Posts : 2,694
    Windows 10 Pro x64 1803 - 17134.5 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       13 Jan 2018 #9

    Rather than spend more time locating the file, this is a Zip file directly from the Winaero site

    oldcalcwin10.zip

    Download from here to your desktop or another easily found location double click the file to open the ZIP and drag the .Exe file to a suitable location (system32?), and create a shortcut to the exe ( this may be located anywhere you wish including the Start menu by copying to the correct folder
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  10.    13 Jan 2018 #10

    Barman58 said: View Post
    ....double click the file to open the ZIP and drag the .Exe file to a suitable location (system32?), and create a shortcut to the exe...
    I respectfully suggest that you might be treating the zipped EXE file as if it were a file that does not actually need to be installed. Double-clicking such a file causes the prog to be launched immediately. An example of a non-installable EXE file would be some of the SysInternal files, such as ProcMon and Autoruns.

    The file that you quoted, oldcalcwin10.zip, is the same file as in my other post. Double-clicking on that file launches an install dialog. At no time does the calculator itself appear. To launch the calculator, I needed to click on SYSTEM32\calc1.exe

    Summarizing:

    - Double-clicking an installable EXE file launches the installer.
    - Double-clicking a non-installable EXE file launches the program itself.

    Note that I have already created a shortcut to calc1.exe on my desktop. "If it works, don't break it!" Therefore, no other helpful suggestions are needed

    Thanks to all the generous volunteers for their responses.
    .
    Last edited by OldGrantonian; 14 Jan 2018 at 07:18.
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