How to Create a Shortcut to Computer on Windows 8 Start

One of the things I miss the most of Win7 is the capability of just pressing the Windows Key and clicking on Computer without the need to minimize all my open Windows. Now, Windows 8 does not have this option; you can open the Explorer, but not Computer directly. A good thing is that you can create a shortcut for yourself. Check how.

First, we need to go where all the Shortcuts from Start are. This is:

C:\Users\YOUR_USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

In there, right click on a black space > New > Shortcut.


Now, we’re going to make a shortcut for explorer.exe, but with a little flag to change the target.

C:\Windows\explorer.exe explorer.exe /root,,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}


Just click next until you’re done with it. It should look like this.



Now we’re going to change the icon. Right click on the shortcut > Properties > Change Icon.


You are going to look for C:\Windows\System32\Shell32.dll.



Hit Ok, when you’re done, go to Start and click it.



Source | Winmatrix

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A 20 year old computer engineer... Here's a clear explanation =>
May 14, 2012 | Autor: TatoSgr | Windows 8
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