If you try to run the Calculator app on your Windows 10 computer, and find the error saying You’ll need a new app to open this calculator, it might be confusing at first. Why would you need an app to open another app?
We checked out Microsoft’s support and answers community to find out some of the troubleshooting information on this error, and sure enough, there was a related thread on it. There are also a few fixes Microsoft agents posted that you can try and below are some of them.
How to fix You’ll Need a New App to Open This Calculator error
Here are some things you can try before going on to the fixes for this error:
- Check for Windows updates by going to Settings>Update & Security>Check for updates
- Try the DISM command in an elevated command prompt: DISM.exe /Online/Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
- Try running the System File Checker as admin
- Execute a Windows reset command: Wsreset.exe from the Win+R tool
If none of these quick checks worked, reboot the computer to see if it solves the problem. Otherwise, try the solution below.
Use Look for an app in the Microsoft Store option
If you get the You’ll need a new app to open this calculator popup message, don’t close it. Instead take the steps below:
- Hover over the “Look for an app in the Microsoft Store” option
- Click on it to open Windows Store app. Here, you’ll find the Windows calculator page
- You’ll see a Get button, click on it and it’ll display the Install option
- Click Install
- You’ll get a notification from Action Center that Calculator app is ready to use
- A Launch option will display, don’t use it. This will help the Calc.exe to work when you click on it
While this fix may seem obvious, it can fix other possible app problems in Windows 10. You may not have realized the “Look for an app in the Microsoft Store” option would be the ultimate fix to the issue, but we hope it has helped you resolve the problem as it did for many others.
Let us know what worked for you by leaving a comment in the section below. We’d also love to hear your suggestions on what else would work to fix the problem.
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