My Computer is a section of Microsoft Windows first found in Windows 95 and included with all later versions that allows you to explore and manage the contents of your computer drives. 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 in Windows 8 and in Windows 10. Although the name has changed, "This PC" still has the same functionality as "My Computer".
How to open My Computer
In all versions of Windows, pressing Windows key + E opens My Computer (Explorer).
- Get to the Windows Desktop and open Start Menu, or navigate to the Start Screen if you are using Windows 8.
- In earlier versions of Windows, after clicking Start, select My Computer. Or, on the Desktop, double-click the My Computer icon. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, select Computer from the Start menu. In Windows 8 and Windows 10, select This PC from the Windows Files Explorer.
The following images show examples of the My Computer option in both new and old versions of Windows.
Note: In Windows Vista and Windows 7, My Computer is called "Computer" and is accessed through the Start menu, as shown below.
Note: In Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10, My Computer is called "This PC" and is accessed through the Start menu.
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 Disk (C:), which is the default hard drive that stores all files. Double-click this drive icon to open it and view its contents.
Finding files in My Computer
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).
- Missing My Computer or Computer icon on the Windows Desktop.
- Making the My Computer icon the first icon on the Desktop, above My Documents.
- How to change how files are shown in My Computer.
- How do I keep the file listing the same in all Windows?
- How to find information about my computer.