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Where (The Heck) Is Computer In Windows 8?

So Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 Consumer Preview yesterday, making it available to the masses for testing and getting a taste of the new Metro UI and the OS in general. Amidst all the oohs and aahs, one frustration that many users came across was the (apparent) lack of the Computer icon on the desktop. Now, to be honest, that’s nothing new, since from the days of Windows XP, the desktop had been clear of any icons sans Recycle Bin. Where the problem arose this time around, was the fact that previously, you could’ve easily accessed Computer (or My Computer, if you prefer that) from the Start Menu. Windows 8, however, took away the Start Menu in its entirety, and even the infamous Start Screen didn’t present any shortcut for accessing computer, or exploring the contents of the hard drive. Even though nothing has changed with respect to brining the icons back to their place, and considering that you can still browse the directory structure by navigating through the Libraries (read: Windows Explorer) view, this post is just a summary of how you can bring the good old Computer icon back to your Desktop, or make it shine on Start Screen.

Before you berate me for writing such a thing, please let me clarify that this is for those who would just try to find an easy way out, and don’t really know it themselves. You may already know it, whence this article wouldn’t apply to you, and you may not know how to do it, in which case, you can thank me later.

Show Computer Icon On Desktop

The process remains exactly the same as earlier, but here’s a refresher.

Right-click anywhere on the Desktop, and select Personalize from the context menu.

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In the next window, click the option that says “Change desktop icons.”

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From the dialog box that pops up, check the icons that you want to show, and hit OK or Apply.

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That’s it. Your Computer (or any other icons that you selected) are back on your Desktop. It’s as simple as that.

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Pin Computer To Start Screen

In case you want even quicker access to your file system through My Computer, you may want to consider pinning the Computer tile to Windows 8 Start Screen. The concept is, again, exactly the same as it was for pinning items to Start Menu in early iterations of Windows. Simply right-click the Computer icon and choose Pin to Start from the context menu.

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The result would be a new icon for quick access to Computer location on your Windows 8 machine’s Start Screen – all the more easy!

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It should be noted that you can also access My Computer through Windows 8’s universal Search function by just bringing up the Start Screen and typing in the required keyword.

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