My Computer

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

How to open My Computer

  1. Get to the Windows Desktop and open Start Menu or navigate to the Start Screen if you are using Windows 8.
  2. On earlier versions of Windows after clicking Start, double-click the My Computer icon. In newer versions select Computer from the menu that appears. The following images show examples of the My Computer folder in both new and old versions of Windows.

My Computer

Windows XP

Note: In Windows Vista and Windows 7, My Computer is simply called Computer and is accessed through the Start menu, as shown below.

My Computer through the Windows start menu

Windows 7

File Explorer

This PC in Windows 8 File Explorer

Using My Computer

Once My Computer is open, you will see all available drives on your computer. The primary location of all of your files is the Local Disc (C:), which is default hard drive that stores all files. Double-click this drive icon to open it and view its contents.

Finding files in My Computer

Most files you created or will want to find are located in your My Documents folder. If you are having trouble finding where a file is stored, you can also use the Windows find feature.

Adjust system settings with My Computer

To manage or view your computer settings, 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