Microsoft introduced hundreds of new features with Windows 7. At the same time, Microsoft dropped a couple of great features from its newest version of Windows. Features such as Dreamscene, taskbar toolbar for Windows Media Player and Windows Calendar have been dropped from Windows 7.
Users who have used Windows Vista for a long time before upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 10 will surely miss the Windows Calendar program in Windows 10/7.
As you know, Windows Calendar was a fantastic program available in Vista with tons of features and options. As you may know, Microsoft has excluded Windows Calendar feature from the latest iteration of Windows.
Even though one can use the calendar feature in Windows Live Mail program as a replacement for Windows Calendar, it’s not as powerful and feature rich as Windows Calendar.
If you have been missing the Windows Calendar feature in Windows 10/7 and can’t live without it, here is smart way to get back this feature in Windows 10/7. And if you are new to Windows Calendar program, we encourage you read how to get most out of Windows Calendar program guide.
Install Windows Calendar in Windows 10/7
Follow the simple instructions given below to get back Windows Calendar in Windows 7:
Step 1: First of all, navigate to Windir/Program Files (C:\Program Files, where C is your Windows 7 drive) and create a new folder named Windows Calendar.
Step 2: Now, download this ZIP file. Extract the contents to C:\Program Files\Windows Calendar.
Step 3: Navigate to C:\Program Files\Windows Calendar\Windows Calendar (where C is your Windows 7 drive), right-click on the WinCal.exe program and select Pin to taskbar option.
You can also create a desktop shortcut of Windows Calendar program by right-clicking on WinCal.exe file, clicking Send to, and then clicking Desktop.
Step 4: Click on the Windows Calendar shortcut on the taskbar to start running Windows Calendar program in Windows 7.
Step 5: Enjoy Windows Calendar in Windows 7. Thanks to Chris for this tip.
Don’t forget to check out how to enable 7 missing features in Windows 7.
Terry A Duffield says
Step 2: Now, download
“this ?? ZIP file.” ??
Extract the contents to C:\Program Files\Windows Calendar.
There’s no Zip File to download… and I darn sure miss my calendar bein’ a musician!
I used the sevenforums way to install Win Mail (from Vista). I have done this to install the calendar (works great thank you!) How can I get the Calendar Button in the Mail to run the newly installed calendar?
The following download link is broken: http://scritperkid2.deviantart.com/art/Windows-Calendar-216073750
were is the ZIP file to download?
I’ve been trying to hang on to this calendar ever since the release of Windows 7. With the exception of the “Search” feature, following these guides, I’ve been able to keep it going and fully functional for the life span of Windows 7. However, with the release of Windows 8, 8.1 and now 10, I have been unable to keep reminders working. The changes that M$ made to the UAC interface seem to have broken the reminders. What I’ve have discovered in my days of research is that by checking the “Run with highest privileges” option in the task scheduler, the calendar reminders actually work with one “Big” exception, any new task added by the wincal.exe (i.e. Snooze for 5 minutes) does not carry forward the checked option so, new reminders will not run. If you manually change that setting, the task will run with no errors. If we disable the UAC function, the calendar and reminders work perfectly. Unfortunately, there is a horrible side effect. With UAC disabled, you cannot run any of the Metro Apps (i.e. calculator, Edge, etc.) and you can’t make any changes under the Personalize options. There is a setting that can be used to get these apps back but, again disabling the reminders.
P.S. for those who may want to install the calendar in Windows 10, there is an app called Missed Features Installer10 – MFI10 that will do all the necessary installation process for you. You still have to create the reminder task to start the reminders working but the program will do the rest.
SO, all that said, does anyone have a way to beat the UAC in Windows 10 to allow the reminders in the Task Scheduler to properly create task to run in the elevate mode.
Tks for the tip to use old calendar in Windows 7. I just can’t live without it.
I have a problem & wonder if anyone can help me?
Windows Calendar is running too slow in my Win7 environment. Every option I click or type a key, it takes more than 15-20 seconds for the command to complete. Any ideas on how to speed it up??
Mocanu Sebastian says
For me worked perfect!Was so easy, thanks!
What zip file?
Where do I find the download. Step 2 says to download ZIP file. Where do I find it to download??
Can’t find the zip file ?
Josh try this (this is where I found it, following Chris’ advice) :) http://scritperkid2.deviantart.com/art/Windows-Calendar-216073750?
Thank you Chris!! :D
File is no longer available. Can this be reuploaded please?
Follow all the instructions and everything works just as it did in Vista, except there is no SEARCH BOX in the upper right. Surely some of you whiz kids can figure out how to get this back working…….
I think it is worth to mention Moo Calendar for Windows(http://www.moocalendar.com). The GUI is nice, and it can sync events with Google.
Posted for Thomas drag a calender shortcut into the Start-up folder in the programs folders list the calendar will automatically open on start up.
i miss autostart, so i dint have to press icon everyday.
I restored my calendar in Windows 7 I hope someone manages to fix the search Many Thanks
Thanks a lot I am most grateful to you I restored my calendar in Windows 7 and even without the search box its great I live in hope that someone will find a way to restore the search feature also
Sarath swing says
ya it was working well in ma win7….. follow the instructions properly and you can make it! ! !
I don’t see any responses here to reinstating the search box. Does anyone know it if can be done?
Please post another link, we can’t download from rapidshare ! ……….. want to have my calendar on W7 !!! :(
I have a problem. I can’t extract the content to Windows Calendar folder.
Here is a ss with my error [img=http://s15.postimage.org/ieltycxnv/Snapshot_2012_05_05_150438.png]Click here[/img]
This work perfectly. Awesome and Exellent tip.
Tahnk a lotttttttttttttttt
thanks for this helpful application
great, i think it’s helpfully for many people.
Rob Murphy says
Is this meant to be one-way-syncing? I’ve given WinCal my Google iCal address, and that works, but then I “can’t update a read-only calendar”
nothing new, just copy the wincalendar program in vista and paste to program files folder in 7. No need to download the above file. The BIG PROBLEM is THE REMINDER CAN NOT POP UP ! even it is Run as an administrator, it cant pop up.
Instructions and link worked fine. The “Help” feature doesn’t work, but everything else seems OK.
This is good. It immediately recovers the lost calendar with booked schedules too.
Thank you so much for this calendar tip .. why they would make windows 7 without a calendar is beyond me. ;c)
Cool man… thanks for that tip!
Downloaded just fine! Seems to be running well. Only thing is, must I always click on the icon in the taskbar to run it? Will the reminders pop up without my having to click on it first? Kind of defeats the purpose.
I just want to thank whomever put this on the internet. (CHRIS) I really appreciate having a calendar I can work with.
Hello, Has anyone found the ‘search’ box? I miss it to view data from past dates. Thanks.
awwwwwesome,works fine on my 64-bit windows 7 :D you angels!
Worked wonderfully. Thanks for helping!
Thanks that was a good help
Awesome! It worked the first time!! THANKS!!!!
Thank you for this.
When I downloaded it came with reminders- chris (xml document).
What is reminders- chris (xml document) file for? Does it do anything?
Have calendar – Many thanks! Please could anyone tell me if I am to expect the reminder window to pop up on its own – ie without the whole calandar opening with it? If so any advice to help do that is apreciated.
Huge thank you!
Thank you so much !!! it’s so helpful…!!!
You’re a lifesaver! Thanks so much!!! :)
Thanks so much. I missed this calendar app so much!
Rick Dallin says
It works great. Thank you!
“Can anyone please suggest a way to run it continuously as an application, I mean we don’t get a reminder or alarm unless we open the application in Windows 7 unlike in vista where it runs all the time.”
The answer to this is to run the Windows Calendar as an Administrator. It needs to be Administrator Authority to update the Windows Task Scheduler when it is not running. To do this, locate your WinCale.exe file (something like C:\Program Files\Windows Calendar\Wincal.exe). Select it, single click the right mouse button and select Properties from the Menu. Select the Compatibility Tab from the top of the WinCal.exe Properties window. Check the “Run this program as an administrator” box and select “the OK button. Now it will pop up your Reminders even when Windows Calendar is not running.
Thank you so much, it was of great help.
Have my calendar working fine (including reminders) following instruction in this thread.. However, I’m missing the “Search Box” in the upper right corner and cannot search the calendar for events… Anyone have “Any” idea how we can add this function back in….
Thank you so much. I really needed this with my incredibly busy schedule and was so very disapointed when I realized my new computer with Windows 7 didn’t have it. THANK YOU!!!
Thanks. I managed to get the calendar program downloaded and running after some fiddline. I’m curious about why Microsoft excluded this utility from Windows 7.
John Button says
I just downloaded in a few seconds at the libriary onto my flashdrive and will extract it at home. What a difference.
I believe I am downloading the calender file, but all I see is a message that it has started. I do not see any process and it has been about an hour. I have a dialup connection so i know it may take awhile. Is there any way to show the progress?
moderator: “works great for win.7 – many thank’s – is unfortunate m$s likes to shoot themselves in the foot frequently – if they would only listen to their financial supports – us the m$s users – but, no their arrogance alway’s preceeds and ignores us – oh well, i guess, most of us are use to it now … hahaha … but, really – many thank’s this is awesome friend !!”
OMG thank you so much for posting this. I also work from home as a peer advisor for my school and I was going crazy trying to keep up with my appointments with students. You are the best!
Great – worked from the first time! Thank you!!
Help!!!!!!!!!!!! Looked all over mediafire and could not find this file to download. If I search mediafire, what is the file called?
Dumb question I know but I am getting frustrated
You just need to download it from MediaFire. Just ignore all the pop up ads
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I was devastated that Microsoft got rid of Windows Calender i hated that they expected everyone to use Windows Live. I’m so happy I have this program back!!
it works perfect thanks!!!!!!!!!!
What do you mean my comment is awaiting moderation? How am I supposed to moderate it????
I keep clicking on the link to download the zip file, and keep getting the website to download Mediafire, which I don’t want. Plus when I click on that option, it asks for my cell ph # to send a code. Well, I don’t have text messaging so I don’t get these codes. Therefore I cannot use that option. Please tell me a simplier way to download the Windows Calendar for my Windows 7 computer system.
Many Thanks! Just what I wanted!
Nickhog, I am too looking for the seach window and with no luck. Other than that, the calender works great!
You can find the calendar in the Window Live Mail in Windows 7
Still looking for a solution to the missing Search Window….. Anyone?
thanks!!! I missed it so much
Kirsten J says
Can someone tell me why this calendar program is not issued through a Microsoft web-page? Or why one should trust this web-page?
Hmm, suspicion arises
Thankyou so much, I could not believe that they had cut the calendar from Windows 7, a very stupid idea indeed!!!!!
I had a nightmare with the addressess, even though I wrote them very carefully and I was definitely correct but it did not recognise the addresses til I browsed for them….they were exactly the same!!!!!
May I know what is the usage for Reminders – Christ.xml?
It somehow makes me feel not comfortable with it
still waiting for some guru to help us find and use the search box, like others have said, it’s just not there!
Good man! Just the fix I was looking for and good instructions.
This was cxactly what I needed. The download and setup was quick and easy. Thank you very much!
How can I totally remove the calendar, it is not working as I had hoped. I tried the add and remove software and it is not listed. We are new to windows 7. I want it totally off my new laptop.
Dean C says
Windows Calender in Windows7
Thank you so much for posting the information to have Calender in our Windows7.
Works great in Windows 7, thanks for the help. All I wanted was a simple program for appointments and chores, this is perfect. Thanks again.
Also learned about where my files are located.
its working in Windows 7 Ultimate thanks
Link below provides instructions that will make WinCal reminders work in Windows 7.
Can anyone please suggest a way to run it continuously as an application, I mean we don’t get a reminder or alarm unless we open the application in winjdows 7 unlike in vista where it runs all the time.
is there a way to make it synchronize with nokia pc suite ?
when i try to it says error
am on windows 7 ultimate x64
hey thanks! It’s great! Works fine for me :)
heey great amaizing :XD:
Thanks so much, really really missing it and can’t believe windows 7 has not got it!!!!!!!
Like Troy, I’m lookin for the “Search Box” function…
GREAT! Thank you ;)
donna keidel says
Anyone have any idea how to find my old calendar info? My old computer is slaved to my new one (for now) and I can’t find my old info to load it… Any help would be really appreciated!
Thanx for this, now I don’t have to miss important dates anymore :) thank you Chris!!! :) :) :) and it works too :)
Anyone found a way to get the ‘Search’ box? Would appreciate your feedback. Thanks.
Thanks a lot, great feature! +++
the reminder doesnt appear on desktop when i set an event and the buzzer. plz help
Thanks very much for your tip. I believe it’ll help me a lot!
cool, it works. but the calendar sucks. it won’t import Outlook entries, won’t edit online Google entries, won’t show Agenda view for effective editing of multiple entries. Outlook can do this editing, but won’t publish or export back to ICS… OMG! I’m trying to fix my calendar, but there are no real tools whatsover. WTF!!
CHEERS MANN!! My life is now back on track!
its crzy how amazing this thing and becomes a neccesity!!
I just upgraded from Vista to Windows 7. I thought that the Windows 7 Calendar would use my Vista Calendar data, but I cannot find it. Does anyone know if I have lost the Vista Calendar or is it hidden somewhere? If hidden, how do I sync it with Windows 7?
Can I use Windows Calendar?
Joe V says
Wow, Chris! I really needed this calendar on my new laptop. You’re the best! Many thanks, Joe
Thanks for sharing this! I missed this feature in Windows 7.
Is this a 64 bit application?
Im trying to install it on my XP and it says. That its not a valid win32 application.
Thank you so so much for this incredibly helpful advice. This was a feature I was really missing – can’t believe they didn’t include it! :)
Bang on Chris
Thank you :)
It works! Not as good as my old Works calendar, but it will do for now. Thanks guys.
I was hooked on that calendar (vista). By searching for vista calendars I came across to this site. Personally…Thank you so much for sharing.
I got it to work, only reminders will only work when I open calendar up. I also have Google Calendar and downloaded gminder. It pop ups reminders, even when I am not on internet (laptop). Works great
Same as Comment #30 Joanna. Running Windows 7 64 bit. No Search function/box… Any suggestions appreciated… This was a valuable feature in Vista calendar..
Thanks. Works great. Installs easily.
Worked great first time. Thanks for sharing.
n/m, I checked again a few hours later and the link worked :)
I got a 403 error when trying to download the file :(
Thanks very much. Not only has it downloaded, installed and run perfectly but all my old calendar data (tasks, appointments etc) have reappeared like magic. Brilliant!
really its great work.. and its woring too thank you very much..
WTF ! NO calendar in 7 ! Bless Your Name pal !
hey this works great! but i’m missing the search box? Help!
Amazing to have it back – have imported calendar from Outlook 2007 and altho I have the WindowsCalendar on my 64bit Windows 7, reminders will not come up except the ones that I newly plug in. How do I get all reminders to pop-up?
Awesome. I could not believe Windows 7 doesnt have a calander program? Huh? So aweswome. I kind of miss Vista to be honest… :(
THANKS AGAIN. Made my 2010!
oh my god, you are AMAZING. what a legend.
Jose luis Canas t says
Men really thanks, your post is really usefull and clear to understand, well done, thnks. jose from colombia
Thank you so much for offering the calendar program. It works great and does exactly what I need.
CHEERS! works perfectly
Thank you so much for this info! I just upgraded to Windows 7 and was quite dismayed to discover that that Calendar I relied on was no longer there. My OS is 64-bit and this calendar seems to be working fine – even has all my old data in it. YAY! Thank you for restoring the functionality of this program!
Finally we have uploaded the file to MediaFire. Just download now and get Windows Calender in Windows7
The file has been deleted. Why don’t you move to Mediafire or iFile? Or, you can tell me what the file contains and if I can get it from Vista and I’ll get it for everyone here.
Thanks it worked for me… (Although the Link wincal.zip from rapidshare doesnt work) I just copied the Windows Calendar Folder from my other Pc which runs Vista (32 bit)…then followed the instructions on my new Windows 7 …works great… apparently i have a 32 bit Windows 7…
*** there are compatibiliy issues with the 32 and 64 bit…take note…
I cant download from rapidshare. It says “The file could not be found. Please check the download link.” If someone have this wincal.exe plz send me the link.
I clicked on the link, and it comes up with an error page??
I got it to work but it won’t open in windows mail only from the shortcut
Thanks for the help! Looks good.
Many thanks – was wondering what to do after upgrade to Windows 7 but now have my calendar back.
Man…you just saved my life :)
awesome…it works perfectly…!!
thanks a lot for the windows calendar……….
Thanks you so much :)
downloaded file or 3rd trial. worked. Thanks!
Thank you so much!!I couldn’t download the zip file at the first few times -too many users, but finally I’ve got it!
Thanks for this posting! you saved my day!!
As a few other readers have pointed out: The Rapidshare link to the file says it can only be downloaded with a Premium account.
I’ve tried for days – no luck. Is anyone who already have the file willing to mail (“[email protected]_gmail_DOT_com”) me this zip – or providing a working link?
Sorry, but this don’t work for me. I’ve dowloaded the zip file, extracted the files to C:\Program Files\Windows Calendar, and pinned it to the Taskbar, and it just won’t run.
can not download from the rapidshare link it says i must have a premium acct
Thanks Chris for the info !
Choose your download option as FREE in Rapidshare page. It’s working fine here.
Many thanks for this tip, I couldn’t live without Windows Calendar!
The Rapidshare link to the file says it can only be downloaded with a Premium account.