How to Display “My Computer” (This PC) on Windows 10 Desktop, Recycle Bin on Windows 7

If you are looking for the “My Computer” icon on Windows 10 desktop this guide shows the simple step to add the “My Computer” ( This PC) shortcut on the desktop. “My Computer” (in earlier Windows Operating Systems), called as “This PC” is one of the favorites and useful icon for all Windows users.  You will not find it by default on fresh installation of Windows 10. Follow the steps on how to display the missing “My Computer “(This PC) icon on the Windows 10 desktop, and Recycle Bin – another important icon on the desktop.

My Computer, that is called ‘This PC’ in Windows 10 is an essential icon to access the local drives, USB disks, CD/DVD drives, and other files. Definitely, you will be surprised by not seeing this most frequently used icon on Windows Operating Systems. Nothing to worry, it is hidden and we need to show the My Computer icon on Windows 10 desktop as how we did for Windows 8.1.

How to Display “My Computer” on Windows 10 Desktop- ‘This PC’

1) To show/display the My Computer (This PC) icon, right-click on the empty space of the desktop. Click on ‘Personalize’.

My Computer on Windows 10

2) With the current version of Windows 10 build, follow these steps. Click on ‘Themes’ on the Personalization settings and ‘Go to desktop icon settings’ shown below.

Icon Settings On Windows 10

Tick the ‘Computer’ to show it in the desktop. Luckily the ‘Recycle Bin’ is already ticked, if you can’t see the Recycle Bin or it is missing from the Windows 10 desktop, this is the first place you have to check and enable it.

show my computer icon on Windows 10

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3) Now the ‘This PC’ or ‘My Computer’ icon would appear on the desktop.

To change This PC (Computer) name on Windows 10, you can follow this guide.

Pin My Computer Icon to Start Menu and Start List in Windows 10

As you know, start menu has returned in Windows 10- the most missed feature in Windows 8 and 8.1. But by default, My Computer icon is not included in the start menu. You can follow below method to pin it (This PC) icon to start menu and list.

Right Click on the ‘This PC’ icon after you have enabled it to display on the desktop. Select Pin to Start List or Start.

pin my computer to start menu in Windows 10

So, this is what happens when you select ‘Start’ and ‘Start List’.

start list in Windows 10

If you want to hide all icons from the desktop in Windows 10, here is the way.

Right Click on the empty space in desktop, select View and remove ‘Show desktop icons’ to hide all icons from the desktop. You can enable back to show all icons on the desktop again.

show all desktop icons in Windows 10

Hope this guide would be helpful in displaying My Computer and Recycle Bin icons on Windows 10 Desktop and start list.

How to Get back the Missing Recycle Bin on Windows 7, Vista?

If you have a chance to see the Windows 7 desktop without Recycle Bin, how are you going to restore deleted items from recycle bin? Good question. We can restore missing recycle bin back to desktop easily in Windows 7.  The following method is applicable to display the My Computer icon on Windows 7 as well.

Here are the easy steps to restore missing recycle bin in windows 7 to the desktop.

1) Right Click on the Desktop, go to personalize.

2) Click on Change Desktop icons option at the left side as shown below.

Missing Recycle Bin Windows 7

3) Add a tick front of Recycle Bin in Desktop icons settings.

 Missing Recycle Bin Windows 7

4) Press OK; now go back to Windows 7 desktop. You can see recycle bin in the desktop.

Looks like easy steps? Yes, it’s very easy to bring back missing recycle bin on Windows 7 when a lot of people struggling without knowing this steps.

The same method applies for Windows vista also, if you see Windows vista desktop without recycle icon.

78 thoughts on “How to Display “My Computer” (This PC) on Windows 10 Desktop, Recycle Bin on Windows 7”

      • Just go to Control Panel
        And type “Desktop icon” on the top right searchbox
        Then you can find the settings in Build 10074
        Hope this helps.

    • Build 10130:

      1. Right click on desktop click Personalize
      2. Go to Themes and click on Desktop Icon Settings
      3. Same as above… click on Computer, etc.

        • Yeah, i am absolutly hating windows 10 compared to windows 7.

          Issue’s i have had since upgrading – Slow boot-up (loads up user lo-in) have done the step to bypass having to type in password but this page still loads up, waits 5 seconds then loads up desktop. All in all 3x slower than windows 7.

          Since updating my internet has taken a dive. Used to be able to watch several streams with no problems, now i have to refresh a stream every 5-15 minutes because it just froze with a loading bar. Webpages can load but the next page may come up unavailable – windows 10 will do a DNS probe and then come back with tellign you no internet access, check connection. Just doing a refresh/reload works but this is getting annoying. Online gaming can crash or cause lag hits lasting quite a few seconds. This also goes for web browser based games (freeze and need to reload/refresh pages), did not have this prior to updating to windows 10.

          Had to look up how to see my computer, why they removed it i dont know, its one of the most used bits but now its hidden and you MUST create a desktop icon to use it.

          Installing programs takes the whole desktop, asking if your sure, anything happens and a big news announcement pops up and thus far i have not found out how to turn that off, what happened to installing and a pop up, why the whole desktop, are some people blind or are microsoft just taking the piss here.

          • In my opinion Windows 10 is more trouble than it’s worth!!! I spend more time fixing problems than I do using the computer in a positive manner or just surfing. If I got a dollar for every problem I had to fix, not only would it have paid off the PC and monitor but I would eat dinner for free every night.

  1. I found these settings – it’s hidden under “Personalization”->”Themes”->”Go To Desktop Icon Settings”. Looks like this will move around a bit more though.

  2. I have windows 7 atm. once the free upgrade to windows 10 happens, what will happen to my desktop icons I have now? will they disappear? will I need to reload all my icons back the way I have them now? will I even have the option to customize my desktop? or am I doomed to be lost and have hours of work to find the programs and reload icons to my desktop?

  3. My computer is a HP desktop, it has BIOS boot environment and NOT a UEFI boot environment, will the upgrade from windows 7 pro to windows 10 overwrite the firmware from bios to uefi?

  4. On the final version of Windows 10 here one way to do this.

    On the Start page click on the Notifications icon located on right hand side of the Task bar, then select Tablet mode in the pop-up window. Hope this helps.

  5. How will I know which build I receive? I want to make ALL desktop icons disappear – it is unbelievable that Microsoft would make a program where you cannot right click on the desktop and choose to hide the icons!

  6. Thank you for your expertise and taking the time to give us these great tips! It was easy, thanks to you, and I have one more victory in setting up my computers! People like you help people like me feel good!

  7. Where did the icons on desktop windows 10 go? i tried the Themes=>desktop icons settings but they won’t show, all i can see is all the apps and cannot be shrink or moved….
    Anyone knows the trick??

  8. thanks for your guide, it was so helpful for me and other user that the don’t know how to solve this problem.

  9. I was very happy with the ease of 8.1 but now I have frozen movies, other issues include unable to adjust or add desktop icons since the 10 download. Also a pain to swipe the bottom to get the pause feature in a movie and it pops up the start menu etc………….

  10. I have Windows 10 and did have Windows 7, now I can’t even click on my desktop to do what you have instructed. How can I click on my right click on the desktop and get it to work for me. Thanks

  11. I have tried this several times….nothing works.
    when I right on the desktop, nothing comes up.
    when I go into the settings, themes, and hit apply, ok, nothing happens.
    can anyone help me?

  12. God Mode:
    1- From the desktop – right click and create a new folder
    2- Name the folder: God Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
    3- The new folder will transform into a control panel type
    4- Open it and search within the list for the part called “Personalisation”
    This part contains the link: “Show and Hide common icons on the desktop”
    5- You know the rest

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