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

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much! I am not very computer savvy, but rely on ‘my computer’ a lot to get things done – and the ‘explorer’ tab in particular. I cannot understand why Microsoft would have got rid of this in Windows 8 – it was not even aesthetic – just functional, reliable and easy! Thank you for helping me find these things so I can manage my RAM.



  2. harvey714 says

    This is not new to Windows 8 or 8.1. The same behavior and fix started with Vista. That’s also when ‘My Computer’ was shortened to ‘Computer’. Now they changed it to ‘This PC’ for some reason. Is everybody here just upgrading from XP?

    • Maria J.Martinez says

      We have no choice but upgrading to windows 8 from XP because Microsoft does not give support any longer to XP. I have XP for 10 years and it was working fine till now. I’ve only got problems and I cannot even get Skype! Good luck and regards

  3. Brian says

    This goes to the heart of my belief that Microsoft doesn’t want users to know how computers work anymore. They don’t want you to know that there are folders on a hard drive, and you can browse to and manage those folders. They only want you using apps and programs. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”. Or the old Jedi mind trick, “These aren’t the folders you’re looking for.” Well it isn’t working. People are smart, and they want to see the stuff on their computers, not have the wool pulled over their eyes.