Calculator doesn't initiate.

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  1. Posts : 19
    Windows 10
       #1

    Calculator doesn't initiate.


    After an update my calculator fails to initiate. When I double-click the app it shows on the desktop for about half a second as a shadow but disappears in an instant. I've rolled back the update but it didn't solve the problem. So now I am trying to uninstall it in order to upload the new one (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/stor...r/9wzdncrfhvn5 ) but I've got this message in my Windows Powershell:
    Calculator doesn't initiate.-calcerror.jpg

    What's going on and how can I fix that?
    Thanks in advance.
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  2. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #2

    That message is saying it doesn't exist.

    You could try uninstalling for all users with this from elevated powershell (right click and run as administrator).
    Code:
    Get-appxpackage -allusers | where-object {$_.packagename -like "*windowscalculator*"} | remove-appxpackage
    
    Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*windowscalculator*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online
    (from option 3 here)

    What does the store say when you try to install it? That it is installed already?
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  3. Posts : 19
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    lx07 said:
    What does the store say when you try to install it? That it is installed already?
    Yes, hence the problem.

    I've tried your solution and it didn't work either:

    Calculator doesn't initiate.-calcerror2.jpg

    Also, I can't uninstall it through "Apps & features":

    Calculator doesn't initiate.-calcerror3.jpg
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  4. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #4

    smerH said:
    Yes, hence the problem.
    Did you try the other 2 powershell commands?
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  5. Posts : 19
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    lx07 said:
    Did you try the other 2 powershell commands?
    I've just tried, see above.

    P.S. It looks like "Microsoft Alarms" and "Microsoft People" are screwed up too.
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  6. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #6

    You can't uninstall some apps through Apps and features (and calculator is one of them for some reason) - that is normal.

    It isn't normal to have them starting with @ though or having the icon for candy crush soda for the camera app.

    I would download Windows 10 ISO and do a repair install - you can keep your programs and files but it will replace your store apps with default. It is the only reliable way of fixing apps I think. You can see here Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums
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  7. Posts : 19
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    O.K., thanks. I didn't know it was that bad.
    Should I leave the thread open or have it marked as "Solved"?
    Last edited by smerH; 09 Jan 2016 at 03:16.
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  8. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #8

    The apps to seem to get corrupted like this fairly often (it has happened to me more than once). The repair install seems to be the most reliable fix to me.

    It doesn't take too long after downloading an ISO - you just mount the ISO, double click on setup.exe and wait.

    It takes about 1/2 or 3/4 hour (rebooting a few times) for me. That isn't too long compared to spending hours and hours running different powershell commands that (in my case) never seem to work.

    I'd leave the thread open until it is fixed in case you have more questions.

    Good luck :)
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  9. Posts : 2,818
    Windows 10 Home (x64) Version 21H1 (build 19043.1202)
       #9

    Calculator installed ok from the store tested it and working ok.
    So have you tried running the trouble shooter at all as that might fix your problem
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  10. Posts : 5,442
    windows 10 Pro ver 21H2 build 19044.1348
       #10

    smerH,
    You mentioned you had "roll back the update".
    I assume you meant you uninstalled that update.
    I would like you you to go one step further.........................
    Providing you do create restore points regularly.
    Do a system restore. Pick a date that is a few dates BEFORE you installed that update. Use that date as your restore point.
    System Restore Windows 10
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