How to Show My Computer on Desktop in Windows 8 & 8.1

‘My Computer’, the favorite and most used icon in Windows OS desktop is not included in latest Windows 8.1 or 8 by default. Also, as you know these operating systems will boot directly into metro UI mode instead of desktop mode. Even though you can make Windows 8.1 to boot into desktop mode directly, but still the My computer icon will be missing in it. Here is a simple and quick way about how to show my computer icon on Windows 8.1 and 8 desktop.

In earlier Operating Systems, like Windows 7 and Vista you can go to start menu and select ‘Show on Desktop’ for My Computer icon to show it in desktop. But, the traditional start menu also missing in these two operating systems, therefore ‘Show on Desktop’ is not applicable here.

Having the ‘My Computer’ icon on desktop will ease the access of disk partitions, folders, computer management, device manager and properties in your desktop or laptop computer.

Sysprobs already covered several guides about Windows 8/8.1, find few below;

How to install Windows 8.1 on VirtualBox

How to shutdown Windows 8 in Several Ways


To Show My Computer Icon on Windows 8.1 & 8 Desktop,

The involved steps to show my computer icon on Windows 8 or 8.1 desktops are very similar, therefore I’ll be explaining the steps with single OS only.

1) Click on the Desktop tile in Metro UI (as shown below). This will bring the normal desktop.

Desktop in Windows 8.1

2) Right Click on the blank space and select Personalize.

personalize options

3) In next screen Click on ‘Change desktop icons’.  Select the icons that you want to display in your desktop. Checking Computer’ check box will show the my computer icon. I prefer to have Control Panel and Network icons also on my desktop.

show my computer in windows 8.1

After applying you would be seeing My computer icon on Windows 8.1 and 8.

showing my computer in windows 8

Hope this small guide would be helpful.


  1. says

    Thank you1
    But I was left helpless with laughter – at stupidity. Why on earth would they not put the most used icon(s) on the desktop? Is someone asleep at Microsoft?

    • Craig says

      Actually it is the most used by tech’s and other tech sav people. The rest of the general public have no idea what “My Computer” is. I am a Computer tech/consultant and when I tell people to click on my computer they just say “what?.” I swear there needs to be a required training course that teachers the BASICS of computer use before someone gets on one. I am sick of all the idiots.

  2. keith hall says

    can some one please help. most of my desktop icons have disappeared. Also the icons at the top and bottom have disappeared.

  3. Graham says

    Have to admit, i’m getting used to windows 8.1 and liking it .. but wish they would leave important things like this alone .. cheers anyhoo :)

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