How to show desktop icons after Windows 10 setup

How to show Desktop icons after Windows 10 setup – Microsoft Windows 10 doesn’t show icons on the desktop, when you complete Windows 10 setup. You have to install drivers, software, and other important settings. You cannot do it, without This PC or My Computer icon. Sometimes you also need the Control Panel, but the icon is also missing on desktop. There are different ways to add icon to desktop Windows 10. The best and easy way to show Windows 10 icons on the desktop using Windows Registry (Regedit) if windows 10 Desktop icons are not showing.

How to Show Desktop Icons after Windows 10 setup

Microsoft is working over Windows settings to overcome the control panel. If you don’t know how to open Windows settings you visit the link. Windows settings also provide methods to show icons on the desktop. The CLSID values in Microsoft Windows play an important role in Windows Tips. You may visit the link List of Windows Class Identifiers (CLSID) for more Registry Editor (Regedit) settings.

Show This PC icon on Desktop Windows 10

This PC – My Computer is the old name of This PC from the version of Microsoft Windows 8 and later. This PC or My Computer icon doesn’t show on the desktop when you complete Windows 10 setup. You can add This PC icon on desktop using the following Regedit.

windows registry editor caution
windows registry editor caution

The Windows registry (Regedit) is a file in hexadecimal instruction is composed of a series of instructions, services, applications and necessary for the proper functioning of the operating system configurations. When we make a change in this record we risk this stop functioning properly and thus, our operating system will no longer do so and also without backup, it is very difficult to restore proper operation. Therefore, you must “take backup of Windows registry“.

To apply this Windows Features you should open Windows Registry Tool and browse the following Regedit path step by step or you can jump to target Windows Registry Tool with a single click.

Method: 1

Show “This PC” icon on Desktop Windows 10

Copy the following code, and paste into Notepad, and save as filename.reg.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; Created by mr.neeo for www.neeosearch.com
; add This PC icon on desktop Windows 10

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu]
"{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000

Show “Control Panel” icon on Desktop Windows 10

Control Panel – Control Panel provides you quick access for your Windows settings. You can customize settings according to your fit needs. You can set System and Security, User Accounts, Network and Internet, Appearance and Personalization, Hardware and Sound, Clock and Region, Programs Install and Uninstall, Add and remove Windows features, Ease of Access, and lot more.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Created by mr.neeo for www.neeosearch.com
; add control panel icon on windows 10 desktop

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu]
"{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}"=dword:00000000

Show “Network” icon on Desktop Windows 10

Network – Network icon is used to manage your network settings. Using the network services, you can manage to Connect with Remove Desktop Connection, add devices and printers, View printer, View device webpage, Network, and Sharing Center, Network Infrastructure, Connect Devices and a lot more.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Created by mr.neeo for www.neeosearch.com
; add Network icon on windows 10 desktop

 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu]
"{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}"=dword:00000000

Show “User file” icon on Desktop Windows 10

User file – User file is a shortcut to access current user’s 3D Objects, Contacts, Desktop, Documents, Download, Favorites, Links, Music, OneDrive, Pictures, Saved Games, Searches, and Videos. By default, it is the working area for the current user. All the documents and downloads are stored in this path. The current user can quickly access his work without browsing other locations on the system.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Created by mr.neeo for www.neeosearch.com
; add User file icon on windows 10 desktop

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu]
"{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}"=dword:00000000

[Important] If you don’t know how to save the file in Windows Registry file, you may visit the link

If you want to add all icons, you may download it to the Regedit file, form the below-given link. Once you have downloaded the Regedit file, you can save it for future use. Whenever to you install a fresh copy of Windows, you just have to double click on the file and accept the messages.

Download Desktop icons of This PC, Control Panel, Network, and User file

After applying anyone method from above you will see the following User Account Control “UAC“. This UAC will confirm “Do you want to allow this app to make a change to your device?“. So if you want to open Windows Registry Editor tool you should click on “Yes”

create backup windows registry

You may have to refresh your desktop to simply right-click on an empty area of the desktop and choose refresh command. All the Regedit settings icon will display on your computer screen. It is so easy to add a desktop icon in Windows.

Method: 2

If you don’t like to add icons on the desktop of Windows 10, you may show icons on the desktop after Windows 10 setup using this guideline. It is very simple without using Regedit you can add your required icons on your computer desktop area. Just follow the following steps.

  • Right-click on an empty area of Desktop, and click on “Personalize”
  • From “Personalize” click on click on “Themes” from left panel
  • In the “Themes” setting, click on “Desktop icon settings”
  • In “Desktop icon settings”, you can check the checkbox for icons on the desktop of Computer, Recycle Bin, User’s Files, Control Panel, and Network.

You watch the video, for the demonstration

How to remove Desktop icons on Windows 10

Sometime you may want to remove added Desktop icons. You can also remove icons from Desktop icon settings to uncheck the checked checkboxes. It will revert your all saved changing.

It is explained step by step to add icons on the desktop in Windows 10. You may use the same method to add desktop on another version of Windows 8, and 8.1. The explained Regedit settings can apply to Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Vista as well.

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