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10-16-2011, 06:31 AM
Hi, I'm using Windows XP SP2, of late I found that Calculator was missing, couldn't find even in search and also the volume icon on taskbar has gone missing.

Please tell how to solve this


Paul Komski
10-16-2011, 07:28 AM
Try going to the run box and enter calc

The exe is normally at C:\WINDOWS\system32\calc.exe and if so it is straightforward to make a new shortcut to it by R clicking on the file and choosing send to Desktop (create shortcut)

10-16-2011, 10:04 AM
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10-18-2011, 08:15 AM
I couldn't find it in C:\WINDOWS\system32\calc.exe.

Its has something called 'calcls', when run, it executes a command line prog and it disappears very soon could guess what it is.

What else is the solutions


Paul Komski
10-18-2011, 09:00 AM
First check that Windows has installed it by going to ...
Control Panel > AddRemove Programs > AddRemove Windows Components > Accessories and Utilities (Details) > Accessories (Details)
... and ensuring there is a check mark besides Calculator.

If the file is missing it can be extracted from the Windows XP CD. Assuming that the CD is in the D: drive you could go to a command prompt and enter ...

expand -r D:\I386\calc.ex_ C:\
... and that should produce a copy of calc.exe in the root of the C: drive which you can then use as you so desire.

10-19-2011, 08:42 AM
I happen to notice even Wordpad is missing.

Shall I install Windows XP CD and when prompted press 'R' for repair will that install all the missing files.

What made these things to disappear.

I have AVG and Advance system care utility installed.


10-19-2011, 11:08 AM
I lost my WordPad right click menu when I installed the Word reader from MS site. Even though I have uninstalled that and installed Open Office it is still missing from the right click menu. But, it is still available at Start> All Programs> Accessories. See if it is there. That is also the place to find Calculator in normal situations.

I did finally get the WordPad right click working again by Googling the problem. It took me to an MS page which involves a registry tweak. But it worked and I'm satisfied.

Paul Komski
10-19-2011, 09:47 PM
Shall I install Windows XP CD and when prompted press 'R' for repair will that install all the missing files.
There are two R for Repairs from the CD. A full repair installation (http://www.google.ie/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=repair%20install&source=web&cd=1&sqi=2&ved=0CCcQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.michaelstevenstech.com%2FXPre pairinstall.htm&ei=326fTtDcEMKHhQfJ9enYBA&usg=AFQjCNFLYWll_WuIRdLCj9v8p4QK0g4dNA&cad=rja) is one possible way to go.

Another thing maybe worth trying is to have the CD at the ready and go to a command prompt and enter
sfc /scannow
this will replace protected system files but I don't know if that includes MS applications.

10-25-2011, 05:16 AM
hello karthik,

Simply copy the calc.exe file over from another machine to your C:\Windows\System32 folder. Also, copy calc.chm to c:\Windows\Help.
Obviously, you’ll find both of these files in those two directories on another computer that has the calculator working. After that, you can just create a shortcut to the calc.exe file on your Start Menu or wherever you like.

If you have a Windows XP cd, you can also try popping the CD in and running these two commands, where X is your CD/DVD drive letter.
expand -r X:\I386\calc.ex_ c:\windows\system32
expand -r X:\I386\calc.ch_ c:\windows\help

do check also this link for more solutions.