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, 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're 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 later, My Computer is simply called Computer and is accessed through the start menu, as shown below.

My Computer through the Windows start menu

Windows 8

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:), the hard drive that stores all installed files. Double-click this drive icon to open it and view 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