‘My Computer’, the favorite and most used icon in Windows Operating systems is not included in Windows 8.1 or 8 (and Windows 10 too) by default. Also, as you know these operating systems boot directly into metro UI mode instead of desktop mode, you may face difficult in getting back the earlier Windows view. Even though you can make Windows 8.1 to boot into desktop mode directly, but still the My computer icon will not be there on the desktop. Here is a simple and quick way about how to show my computer icon on Windows 8.1 and 8 desktop/laptop.
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 on your desktop or laptop computer.
Sysprobs already covered several guides about Windows 8/8.1, find few below;
If you are looking for the way to show desktop icon on Windows 10 (which has changed slightly from below steps), you must check this guide.
To Show My Computer Icon on Windows 8.1 & 8 Desktop,
The involved steps to show my computer icon on Windows 8 and 8.1 desktops are very similar, therefore I’ll be explaining the steps with single OS only. By the way, ‘My Computer’ had been renamed to ‘This PC’ from Windows 8 OS, including 8.1 and 10.
1) Click on the Desktop tile in Metro UI (as shown below). This will bring the normal desktop view.
2) Right Click on the blank space and select Personalize.
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.
After applying, you would be seeing My computer icon on Windows 8.1 and 8.
Hope this small guide would be helpful to get back My computer icon on Windows 8.1/8 laptop/dektop.