Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/178740/how-to-make-the-computer-icon-display-on-the-windows-8.1-desktop/
The Computer icon that you’re used to seeing in Windows 7, Vista, and XP is now not available on the Desktop in Windows 8.1. However, it is not gone completely. There’s an easy way to bring it back.
I don't think this was turned on by default in Windows 7, either... in fact, I'm not even sure if Windows Vista or XP had it on by default...
Either way, that's a good tip. I always turn the "My Computer" icon back on first thing after setting up a new computer (or new user profile on an existing computer.) It's just too handy to be without.
Wasn't there in 7, or Vista. XP had it before SP2. Or so I remember.
I use the File Explorer icon on my taskbar, this opens the "Computer" window.
Totally agree. I'm not sure the need for a "My Computer" icon on the desktop when you can just click the File Explorer button that does the same thing.
Heh. The first thing I do is un-pin all the stuff in the task bar.
I've used File Explorer (formerly Windows Explorer) from the taskbar since Windows 7. I do still have a XP machine (1GB RAM so it can't really handle anything newer) I have the computer and network icons on the desktop so I can easily navigate the PC and my domain network
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