I’ve always been annoyed when people have a shortcut to “This PC”, “My Computer”, or “Computer” on their desktop or don’t have one at all. I use it a lot to right click and go to manage, properties etc. It also makes it easier for me to help users find their PC name over the phone.
Server 2012 R2 stumped me a bit when I tried to add “This PC” to the desktop, most sites say you need to add the “Desktop Experience” role, however this is entirely untrue, and now thanks to “Millenium Group” who posted the simple answer.
Open the ‘Desktop Icon Settings’ menu by typing “desktop icon” on the start screen. This gives you the same options as when you go to right-click the desktop, and choose “Personalise”, then change desktop items. This way, there is no need to install the feature detailed in the linked guide.
via How to show the My Computer icon on Windows Server 2012 Desktop | JPPinto.com – Tech Blog.