How to Fix Calculator Not Working on Windows 10/11?

Several users have recently reported that their WIndows Calculator stopped working, these types of problems are very normal and one of the common reasons for this issue to occur is that the Windows apps got unregistered occasionally. 


Before we begin, we suggest you restart your computer because sometimes the problem might occur when your system files are not loaded properly.

We had a look into this and we have listed some causes below:-

  • Unregistered apps- The calculator not working is a common issue if your Windows apps get unregistered from the operating system. 
  • Outdated calculator- Having updated apps are very important for any device to work smoothly, if you are using an outdated Calculator then crashing, and not working are normal issues.
  • Corrupted files- The error might occurs due to corrupted files of the Windows operating system. there are several reasons for Windows files being corrupted, one of them is the sudden shutdown of the operating system.   

Now that we know the cause let’s straight jump into some effective troubleshooting methods that could help users to fix this issue, Restarting the computer might fix your problem.

Re-register all Microsoft Apps

If the Microsoft application does not work or hangs up then the simple and easy solution is to re-register the Microsoft Windows applications. 

Follow the steps to re-register Windows apps:-

  1. Press the Windows key and type Windows PowerShell in the search box.
  2. Open the Windows PowerShell as administrator by pressing the ctrl + shift + enter keys.
  3. Once the PowerShell start, insert the below command to re-register all Windows apps.
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml"}
  4. Wait until the process is finished.
  5. Check if the calculator is working fine.

Run Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

The most common and easy solution for any problematic Microsoft application is running the Windows app troubleshooter. Windows apps troubleshooter is used to fix damaged cache files. these files are not very important but when it comes to the damage criteria, they can create problems.

Here is how you can use the Windows Apps Troubleshooter:-

  1. Press Windows + I keys to open the settings.
  2. Click on Update & security.
  3. You can find the Troubleshoot option on the left pane, click on it.
  4. Click on Additional troubleshooters for further troubleshooting options.
    Additional troubleshooters
  5. You will find the Windows Store Apps option under the Find and fix other problems, click on it.
  6. Then, click on Run the troubleshooter.

    Click on Run the Windows app troubleshooter
  7. The troubleshooting process should start once done, check if your calculator working fine.

Update Calculator 

There is a chance that the problem occurs because of the outdated version of the calculator, if you have not updated your Microsoft apps in a long time, then updating the Microsoft apps might fix the problem.

  1. Click on the Windows key and type Microsoft Store.
  2. Open the Microsoft Store and click on the Library icon on the bottom left.
    Click on the Library option
  3. Update all your Microsoft apps by pressing the Get updates button.
    Click on the Get Updates option to update all Microsoft Windows Apps
  4. Once the update is done, check if your calculator is working.

Reset Calculator

Reset and repair options are the inbuilt options that are only available for Microsoft apps, we use these options to fix the problems regarding Microsoft Apps. 

  1. Go to settings by pressing the Windows + I keys.
  2. Navigate to Apps>Apps & features.
  3. Find and click on the calculator under the Installed apps section.
  4. Click on Advanced options in the expand tray.
    Click on the Advanced options
  5. Scroll down to the bottom, and click on the Reset button to reset the Calculator.
    Click on the Reset button to reset the calculator
  6. Once done, check if the calculator working properly. 

Reinstall Calculator

Your calculator might not be working because of corrupted or missing calculator files, to resolve this simply reinstall the Microsoft calculator and it will fix the problem.

Here is how you can reinstall the calculator:-

  1. Press Windows + I keys to open the settings.
  2. Navigate to the Apps>Apps & features.
  3. Look for the calculator under the Installed apps section.
  4. Click on the calculator and uninstall it.
  5. Go to Microsoft Store, and search for the Calculator.
  6. Click on the Get button to install the calculator.
    Click on Get to install the Calculator


Update Your Windows

The outdated Windows is not good enough to manage everything properly, if you are using outdated Windows then having errors and issues are common, updating the Windows might fix your problem.

  1. Go to settings by pressing the Windows + I keys.
  2. Select Update & Security option.
  3. Click on the Check For Update to download and install all available patches.
    Click on check for updates

Run System File Checker

System File Checker is a utility that scans all the system files, it replaces the corrupted files with cached copies. it is a utility that was developed for Windows operating system and is mostly used for fixing the corrupted files errors.

Follow the steps to run the system file checker:-

  1. Press the Windows key and search for the Command Prompt.
  2. Open command prompt as administrator by pressing the ctrl + shift + enter keys.
  3. Insert the below command to run the system file checker.
    Run sfc/scannow in cmd
  4. Once the process is completed, check if the problem is solved.

Run DISM Scan

DISM ( Deployment Image Servicing and Management ) commands are similar to system file checker, these commands are used to repair the image of the Windows operating system.

Follow the below instruction to run the DISM scan:-

  1. Press the Windows key and type Command Prompt.
  2. Right Click on the Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
  3. Click on Yes to give permission into UAC( User Account Control ).
  4. Insert the below Command to run the DISM scan.
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
    Run the DISM commands to repair the Windows operating system
  5. Wait for the scan to finish, and then restart your computer. 

End task the RuntimeBroker.exe process

There are some background applications that can cause errors, according to the users, RuntimeBroker.exe causes errors with the calculator app, to fix this simply you can end the task of the Runtime Broker.exe by following the below steps:-

  1. Right Click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager.
  2. In the task manager, you should see a list of applications running in the background, you can find the Runtime Broker application among them. 
  3. Right-click on the Runtime Broker and click on the End task button to end the process.
    End task the Runtime Broker
  4. Once done, check if your calculator is working fine. 

Create a Local Account

If all the given methods did not work, and the problem is still occurring then the last thing you can do is create a new local account, if that works then simply transfer all your data into a new account we have a full guide article on How to Create a New User Account and Transfer all the Data to it.

Hopefully, you have successfully solved the problem, If you have any doubts about the problem, we would like to hear in the comments.


Muhammad Zubyan

Muhammad Zubyan is a certified Google IT Support Professional with over 7 years of extensive experience. He has worked on more than 1500 computers, gaining valuable insights that enable him to detect and troubleshoot any complicated root cause of Windows-related issues and errors. In addition to managing Appuals as a Senior Editor, he is currently developing his own Game Optimization program that caters to both gamers and casual users alike.