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How to get My Computer Icon back in Desktop in Windows 8 and 8.1

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My Computer icon is no more displayed as an icon in Windows 8 and 8.1 desktop by default. By habit, My computer is the place where I usually go for assessing my disk partitions and then search for files. I am sure there are users out there who does the same. Here comes the step by step for getting back My Computer icon on desktop.

  • Click on Desktop listed inside Metro interface. This will take you to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 icon
    windows 8.1 desktop metro UI
  • Right click on open area, click Personalize
    personalize windows 8.1
  • Change Desktop Icons
    change desktop icons windows 8.1
  • Check My Computer option, Click Apply and OK. (There is also an option to change My Computer icon here)
    desktop icon windows 8.1

You will now have This PC icon on the desktop. I just renamed it to My Computer.

this PC windows 8.1
My Computer windows 8.1

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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  • FACE Oct 15, 2014, 3:55 pm

    Anup,

    Thanx for your insights and advice; I was wondering if you could steer me in the right direction for tracking down info on how to correct a myriad of issues with BOTH of my computers….although I’m hesitant to open a “can of worms” into your time…

    But just so you know:

    One is a relatively new Gateway laptop (Windows 8.1, 4 gb RAM…running slow and erratic, with lots of weird symptoms….especially from the touchpad.

    The other is a 9 yr old Compaq Presario, running on Ubuntu….which crashed when I tried to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.0x….and I haven’t been able to get past the various starting screens.

    If you are interested in recommending a couple of sites, where I can find info and get to work, I’d really appreciate it!

    Sincerely,

    FACE

    • Anup Raman Oct 18, 2014, 12:14 pm

      Since there seems to be a lot of problem in Windows 8.1, it is better to reset windows original manufacturer settings. From windows 8, this feature is enabled where you can take the operating system to original manufacturer settings without losing data. This should fix most of the problems. If the problem is still there, do a complete reset to original settings which however wipe out data. So better do it, after taking backup on a thumb drive or external hard disk.

      Regarding Ubuntu, instead of upgrade, why not try to do a fresh installation. Download the latest installation file for Ubuntu which is free. Then install it after wiping out the previous installation. That is a definite solution to your problem.

      Hope this helps.

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