In Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and Professional, the new Start menu is enabled by default. When the new Start menu is enabled, the My Computer, My Documents, and My Network Places icons are removed from the desktop.
1. Right-click on the desktop and click Properties.
2. Click the Desktop tab.
3. Click Customize desktop.
4. Click the General tab--> and then click the icons that you want to place on the desktop.
5. Click OK.