How to Restore Desktop Icons in Windows 10, 7 and XP

When, you install Windows on your PC, you only get Recycle Bin icon on desktop. So, you need to restore other desktop icons for easy access to system resources in Windows 10, 8, 7 or XP.

It’s not very difficult to restore desktop icons in Windows, you just need to know the right settings. But desktop icon settings differ slightly for every version of Windows. So, in this tutorial, we will show you how to get back or restore desktop icons in Windows 10, 8, 7 and XP.

SEE ALSO: How to Empty Recycle Bin Automatically in Windows 10?

A) Restore Desktop Icons in Windows 10 and 8

The process of restoring desktop icons in Windows 10 and 8 is quite similar. So, we are going to explain the process for Windows 10. You can take hint for Windows 8 from here. Let’s check the steps.

Step 1: Open Personalization Settings in Windows 10

First of all, right-click on blank space on Desktop and select Personalize to open Personalization settings.

Right Click On Desktop And Select Personalize In Windows 10
Right-click on Desktop and select Personalize in Windows 10

Step 2: Open Desktop Icons Settings

In Personalization setting, select Themes from left pane and click on “Desktop icon settings” link under Related Settings.

In Personalization Settings Select Themes And Click On Desktop Icon Settings Under Related Links
Personalization Settings > Themes > Desktop Icon Settings

Step 3: Restore Desktop Icons

Now, in Desktop Icons Settings window, select the desktop icons that you want to show on desktop and click Apply then OK.

Select The Icons To Display And Click Apply And Ok
Select the icons to show and click Apply

Step 4: Verify Icons on Windows 10 Desktop

Now, go to desktop to check if the changes we made have been applied or not. If the process was successful, you will see the icons selected in previous step on your Windows 10 PC’s desktop.

Show Desktop Icons On Windows 10 Pc
Desktop icons on Windows 10 PC

SEE ALSO:
1. How to Clean Install Windows 10?
2. How to Upgrade your Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10?


B) Add or Restore Desktop Icons in Windows 7

After Windows 10, it’s time to check the settings for Windows 10. Steps are quite similar but there is good difference in GUI. So, let’s check the steps for Windows 7.

Step 1: Open Personalization Settings in Windows 7

Right click on the blank space on desktop and choose “Personalize” from context menu of Windows 7. Make sure you clicked on blank space on your desktop otherwise you will get different context menu. Choose Personalize to go to Windows 7 Personalization settings.

Right-click on Desktop and select Personalize
Right-click on Desktop and select Personalize

Step 2: Click ‘Change Desktop Icons‘ in Windows 7

In Windows 7 Personalization screen, click on “Change desktop icons” from left pane. It will open desktop icons settings.

Click on 'Change desktop icons' from left pane
Click on ‘Change desktop icons’ from left pane

Step 3: Add Desktop Icons in Windows 7

Choose the desktop icons you want to show on your desktop and press OK. You can skip the icons that you don’t want to show on Windows 7 desktop.

Select icons to display on Windows 7 desktop
Select icons to display on Windows 7 desktop

Step 4: Verify Desktop Icons

Selected icons will be displayed on your Windows 7 desktop. You have successfully restored desktop icons in Windows 7.

Desktop icons in Windows 7
Desktop icons in Windows 7

SEE ALSO:
1. How to Clean Install Windows 7?
2. How to Change Login screen Background in Windows 7?


C) Get back or Restore Desktop icons in Windows XP

Finally, it’s time to check the process of restoring desktop icons for Windows XP. The process is little different compared to Windows 10 and 7. Let’s check the steps.

Step 1: Open Desktop Properties in Windows XP

Right-click on blank space on your Windows XP desktop. Make sure you clicked on blank space other wise you will get different context menu. From right-click context menu, choose Properties.

Right-click on blank space on Desktop and select Properties
Right-click on blank space and select Properties

Step 2: Click ‘Customize Desktop’

In Properties window, select Desktop Tab if not selected already. Next, click on Customize Desktop button to change desktop icon settings.

Click Customize Desktop from Desktop properties in Windows XP
Click Customize Desktop from Desktop properties in Windows XP

Step 3: Choose Icons to Display on Desktop in Windows XP

Now select the icons that you want to display on your Windows XP desktop and click OK.

Select icons to display on Desktop in Windows XP
Select icons to display on Desktop in Windows XP

Step 4: Check Restored Icons

Now, go to your desktop and all your selected icons will show up there. Recycle Bin is already there by default.

Desktop icons in Windows XP
Desktop icons in Windows XP

SEE ALSO:
1. How to Install Windows XP on a New PC?
2. How to Install Windows XP on a PC which already has Windows installed?


Get Back Deleted Icons in Windows 10, 8, 7 or XP

Displaying desktop icons is quite easy if you know the right settings. The process for Windows 10, 7 and Windows XP is a bit different. But you can easily follow the process using the steps shown above.

Using this tutorial, you can easily restore desktop icons (deleted accidently or un-intentionally) in Windows. Hope you found this post useful.

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