Previous versions of Windows, you might have noticed that the desktop included a few default icons for quick easy access to This PC, user-account folders, network, Recycle Bin, and Control Panel. On Windows 11, you only see an icon for the Recycle Bin.
If you want to access to “This PC, user-account folders, network, Recycle Bin, and Control Panel” from the desktop, you have to create it manually. This tutorial will show you how to create This shortcut on desktop or pin it to Start in Windows 11.
Restore the Old Windows Desktop Icons Windows 11
1. Right-click on a free space on the desktop and select Personalize.
2. In the Personalization, select Themes from the left. Then on the right, under the Related Settings, click on the Desktop icon settings link.
3. In the Desktop Icon Settings dialog. Check mark: Computer, User’s Files, Network, Control Panel, and Recycle Bin (should be already selected).
4. Click the Apply button, and OK.
Once close all open windows. You should now be able to see all the default desktop icons. “This PC, user-account folders, network, Recycle Bin, and Control Panel”
Done. If You haven’t updated to Windows 11, Check out my guide How to Restore the Desktop Icons – Windows 10.