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

‘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;

How to install Windows 8.1 on VirtualBox

How to shutdown Windows 8 in Several Ways

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.

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 to get back My computer icon on Windows 8.1/8 laptop/dektop.

111 thoughts on “How to Show My Computer on Desktop in Windows 8 & 8.1”

  1. 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. 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?

    • 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. 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.

  4. thank you very much!
    I don’t know, why they are hiding good things!
    best regards, Robert, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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