Bring My Computer icon on desktop in Windows 7 or 8, just like Windows XP and earlier version of Windows.

Accessing Windows Explorer from My Computer icon was an easy way in older Windows versions. But it is missing in Windows 7.

In Windows 7, the Computer icon  is generally accessed from 2 locations.

1- From Start button. Click on Start button and select Computer from the menu.

Run My Computer from Start Menu

2- Windows Explorer shortcut is pinned on Taskbar by default.

Windows Explorer in the taskbar

Taskbar icon opens Libraries folder instead of Computer folder. This feels an extra effort to majority of users. But there is a way to make Windows Explorer open Computer folder rather than Libraries or any other location.

How to Open Computer folder instead of Libraries in Windows Explorer?

If you have used Windows XP, you’ll have realized the difference very soon after you installed a later version of Windows. Actually, the My Computer icon on desktop was a comfort for users.

For those who have not used Windows XP or other versions, you’ll be delighted after you use it a few times.

This feature already exists in Windows 7. You just need to explore it.

How to set Computer icon on Desktop?

Right click on Desktop and select ‘Personalize’.

right click on desktop and select personalize

On left side pane, click on ‘Change desktop icons’.

change desktop icons from personalize dialog

Desktop icons settings box will be opened. Just check the box named ‘Computer’. You can also add or remove other several icons such as user files, network, control panel and recycle bin. Make your selection and press OK.

select Computer checkbox to bring it to desktop

Now go to desktop and Computer icon will be there.

Though this tutorial focus on Windows 7, but it works on Windows 8, 8.1 as well. All you have to do is just follow the above given steps and you’ll have Computer (This PC) icon on Windows 8 and 8.1 without any issue.

Don’t hesitate to ask if you face some problem or failure. We’ll be glad to help you.


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