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For some bad reason Microsoft decided to remove all standard desktop icons besides the Recyle bin.

It is easy to create shortcuts to each single disk using create shortcut method.

But I would like to have the computer icon too.

I guess there will be an increased demand to create useful shortcuts on Windows 8 Servers Desktop, because the metro surface 'on the backside of your screen' is just impractical.

Edit: The right click popup menu from desktop looks like this:

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Try a shortcut to explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder. Here's a list of shell: shortcuts.

On Win7, a shortcut to explorer.exe opens up the libraries folder. What does that do in Win8?

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I find the old Windows 7 Personalize method works Right-click the desktop, Personalize

Change Desktop Icons

There are the usual suspects including a Computer icon.

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Please take a second look at technet.microsoft.com/de-de/evalcenter/…. I refer to Windows Server 8 Beta Datacenter. Build 8250 –  bernd_k Mar 28 '12 at 5:02

Run the below command on "run".

It will pop open the "desktop icon settings" without having to install the "Desktop Experience" feature.

"%Systemroot%\system32\rundll32.exe" shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0

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