In previous Windows Operating System Editions such as Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, and so on, it was somewhat very easy to bring up the default system icons immediately after system setup is completed to the Desktop environment. The default system icons can still be displayed on the Windows 11 desktop, however, there are some tricks around it and this post will show you how to go about it. Despite the fact that the Windows 11 desktop only displays the Recycle Bin icon, it is still possible to restore all of the legacy system icons to the desktop, including Computer, User’s Files, Network, and Control Panel, even though the Settings app has taken its place. All you have to do is know where to locate them. If you prefer a more traditional look, Windows 11 still includes the “Desktop Icon Settings” feature, which allows you to select the icons you want to see on your desktop and change their icons to whatever you want.
Read about the new Windows 11 encryption features and security enhancements will help protect hybrid work . Also, learn about the Smart App Control and how to enable Phishing Protection: Windows 11 New Security Features and how to Upgrade Windows 11 Pro to Enterprise and vice Versa.
How to Make Default Desktop Icons Visible in Windows 11
Follow these steps to restore the default system icons to the desktop: Open Settings
Select Personalization > Themes > Click on Desktop Icon Settings under the "Related settings" section
Check the icons you want to appear on the desktop. Here we’re selecting:
- User’s Files.
Note: Recycle Bin (selected by default)
"Okay" to effect the changes as shown on the screenshot below:
I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.