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How to get a “My Computer” icon on the desktop in Windows 10

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To display the “This PC” or “My Computer” icon, right-click on your desktop, then go to Personalize > Themes > Desktop icon settings. Select “Computer” from the listed options and then click “Apply” to add it to your desktop.

The My Computer icon was a fixture on Windows desktops for decades, but was removed and renamed with the introduction of Windows 10. Now correctly named “This PC”, the icon must be added back manually. Here’s how to get the This PC icon on your desktop.

How to add the My Computer icon to the Windows 10 desktop

To add the missing My Computer icon back to your desktop in Windows 10, right-click an empty space on your desktop and select “Personalize” from the context menu.

Now select Themes from the menu on the left and then once you’re there, select “Desktop Icon Settings” under the “Related Settings” section.

Check the box next to “Computer,” then click “Apply” to restore the icon to your desktop.

If you’ve noticed other critical desktop icons are missing, such as Network, Recycle Bin, your User folder, or the legacy Control Panel, you can restore them in this window. Just check the box next to the missing icons before clicking “Apply”.

Of course, as a final step, you can right-click the “This PC” icon on your desktop. You can also change those icons, if you want to add a personalized touch to your Desktop.

Advice: If you don’t see any icons on your desktop, right-click on your Windows desktop, point to “View” and make sure “Show desktop icons” is checked. If this option is not checked, Windows will hide all icons on your desktop, including the This PC or My Computer icon.

How to restore missing desktop icons in Windows 11

Windows 11, by default, also keeps most of the important icons off your desktop. The process to restore desktop icons in Windows 11, including the This PC icon, is basically the same as it is in Windows 10. Right-click on the Desktop, click personalize, then go to Themes > Settings desktop icons and select the icons you want on your desktop

RELATED: How to restore missing desktop icons in Windows 11

How to add the My Computer icon to the desktop in Windows 7, 8 or Vista

If you’re using an older version of Windows like Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows Vista, here’s how to get the My Computer icon back.

First, right-click on the desktop and choose Personalize, then click “Change Desktop Icons” on the left side of the screen.

Choose which of the built-in icons will be displayed on the desktop in the Desktop Icons panel.

Check the box next to "Computers".

You can also add the Recycle Bin back from the same menu.

Another Trick in Windows 7 or Windows Vista

To place the computer icon on the desktop, click the Start button, and then right-click “Computer.”

Click on the “Show on desktop” item in the menu and your computer icon will appear on the desktop.

How to restore all missing desktop icons

So what if it’s not just the This PC or My Computer icon that’s missing? And if they are all? There are two possibilities.

  1. Your icons are only hidden
  2. Your icons have been removed

The first problem is easy to fix. Right-click on the empty space on your desktop, then hover your mouse over “View” and click “Show Desktop Icons.”

This works on Windows 10, Windows 11, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Vista.

If that doesn’t show them, then their icons are probably gone. You will have to try to restore them from the Recycle Bin. If they have been permanently removed, you can always create a new desktop shortcut to replace the old one.

If you really like customizing Windows, you can also create a new icon from almost any image you like.


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