My Computer

Windows My Computer, Computer, and This PCA section of Microsoft Windows that was introduced with the release of Windows 95 and included with all subsequent versions, My Computer allows the user to explore the contents of their computer drives as well as manage their files. The picture shows examples of the My Computer icon in Microsoft Windows XP, the Computer icon in Windows Vista and Windows 7, and This PC icon introduced with Windows 8. Although the name has changed, this icon still functions the same as the original.

How to open My Computer

  1. Get to the Windows Desktop or Start Menu (shown below).
  2. Double-click the My Computer icon, this icon is almost always located on the top-left portion of the desktop and should look similar to the icon shown earlier. Below are two examples of what should appear when My Computer is open.

My Computer
Drive listing in My Computer

Windows Explorer
Browsing My Computer in Windows 2000

Tip: You can also access My Computer or Computer through the start menu, as shown below.

My Computer through the Windows start menu

Using My Computer

Once My Computer is open you'll see all available drives on your computer. Most users, should only be concerned with the Local Disc (C:) drive, the hard drive that stores all installed files. Double-click this drive icon to open it and view of its contents.

Finding files in My Computer

If you are having trouble finding where a file is stored, users may utilize the Windows find feature; which is located at the top right corner of the My Computer and Explorer screen.

Adjust system settings with My Computer

If you want to manage your computer or view settings and information, right-click on the My Computer icon and then click Properties. Performing these steps opens your System Properties (the same window accessible through the Control Panel).

Related pages

Also see: Explorer, My Documents, Operating system terms