Restore desktop icons on Windows 7 by visiting the Customize Desktop menu and clicking on the icons you want to restore. Default desktop items, such My Computer and My Documents, are accessible via the Start Menu and cannot be removed.
Restoring default desktop icons in Microsoft Windows 7 is a simple process. First, right-click on the desktop, and click Properties in the drop down menu. In the next window, click on the Desktop tab, and then click the Customize Desktop link. Under the General tab, restore default desktop icons by clicking on the icons you want to place on the desktop.
Generally, default desktop icons in Windows 7 include My Computer, My Documents, My Network Places and Recycling Bin. Although these icons may not appear on the desktop, they are still accessible by querying the search box in the Start Menu or navigating to their locations manually using Explorer. While it is possible to hide or remove these icons from the desktop, it is not possible to fully remove these locations from the Windows operating system. This is because the locations are necessary for the operating system to function properly.
These instructions work for all versions of Windows 7, including Home and Professional.