How to Show “My Computer” (This PC) in Windows 10/8.1/7 Desktop

If you are searching for the “My Computer” icon in Windows 10 desktop, then this guide shows the simple steps to add “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 a fresh installation of Windows 10. Follow the steps to display the missing “My Computer” (This PC) icon in the Windows 10 desktop, and Recycle Bin – another important icon on the desktop. We have covered the identical steps for Windows 8.1/7.

This 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 display the My Computer icon in Windows 10 desktop.

How to Display “My Computer” on Windows 10/8.1 Desktop- ‘This PC’

1) Right-click on the empty space of the desktop. Click on ‘Personalize’.

My Computer on Windows 10

2) In Windows 10, it will take to the settings app. Click ‘Themes’ in the Personalization settings and ‘Go to desktop icon settings’ shown below.

Icon Settings On Windows 10

In Windows 8.1, you will get the classic control panel to customize the icon set.

Tick the ‘Computer’ to show it on 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 returned in Windows 10. By default, My Computer icon is not included in the start menu. You can follow the below method to pin it (This PC) icon to start menu and list.

4) 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 is 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 or later Operating Systems.

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 in 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.

78 thoughts on “How to Show “My Computer” (This PC) in Windows 10/8.1/7 Desktop”

  1. Excellent.
    Thank you.
    This is exactly what I wanted.
    I have just jumped from XP (sigh) to Windows 10 and really needed My Computer just to ease myself into the transition.

  2. Do you try as hard as you can to keep users in the dark and make them feel like idiots. Why would you hide “my Computer”?

  3. One other oddity that Microsoft wrote into the Windows 10 behavior is that you can’t open the “Desktop Icon Settings” dialog from “Personalize” until you’ve activated the installation. This restriction is most likely to be significant in volume license installations that use KMS activation and/or scripted builds, but IM(NS)HO it’s a totally unnecessary (but successful) attempt to make the user interface more complex than necessary while adding nothing whatever of value.

    If anyone needs it, use the following command in a CMD box or script (elevation NOT required) to open the Desktop Icon Settings dialog regardless of whether the machine has or has not been activated:

    RUNDLL32 SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL DESK.CPL,,0

    Note: the string “Control_RunDLL” must be entered exactly as shown; the other parts of the command are case-insensitive. Note also that there is a space after “Control_RunDLL”.

    I used this to populate the desktop when developing installation setup scripts for a shop that used KMS, but development was on a virtual platform that needed a bit of magic to let it talk to the KMS box…so activation wasn’t performed until midway through the build process.

  4. It randomly disappeared from my desktop… The Windows team seems to completely overhaul their UI with every iteration of the OS (stahp!), so having to find these things is a real pain every time. Thanks for the quick picture guide, took me longer to type this comment than fix the problem, so it was well done.

  5. Windows 10 has hidden my chosen shortcuts to dump its own version of what windows thinks I would use. the short cuts were chosen for a reason, not for some brain dead geek to decide otherwise….
    Ring click on desktop would be great, but nothing happens, no drop down…
    what a dross update.

  6. Left a comment….RobbRaw April 3, 2016 @ 15:57, doubt it will be posted, but got a video which simply loops every three seconds of people running away…how apt

  7. I completely fail to understand why Microsoft continue to accommodate the wacky ‘change everything’ idiocy of ever new programmer. The cost of ‘support staff’ to others as a direct result must be astronomic. I wonder at the cost to end users of this ‘upgrading’. I’m sure the Gates gang would quote the ‘advantages, pity they continue to ignore the horrific downsides.

  8. Hi!
    It worked perfectly! Thank you
    I have windows 10 updated some days ago. And after some time, I realised that my computer was removed from desktop. Now it’s back but it says “This PC” new name. I guess.

    Greetings from Perú! 😀

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