How to add a Computer, Control Panel or Network shortcut icon to the Desktop in Windows 8 and 8.1.
TheComputer, Control Panel and Network icons are not shown on the Desktop by default. Follow these steps to manually add any of these icons to the Desktop.
IMPORTANT: This procedure must be performed while logged in as Administrator or to an account with Administrator rights.
- In the new Windows User Interface (UI) Start screen, click the Desktop tile.
- On the Desktop, right-click an empty space on the screen, and from the menu click to select Personalize.
- In the Personalization window, on the left-hand column, click Change Desktop Icons.
- In the Desktop Icon Settings window, click to place a check in the box next to the icon you wish to add to the Desktop, and then click the OK button.