'Computer' renamed to 'This PC' in latest Windows 8.1 build

According to a new screenshot of an unspecified development build of Windows 8.1, Microsoft has made a minor change and renamed 'Computer' to 'This PC', while also removing the Libraries feature in favor of top level folders that sit inside 'This PC'. These folders appear to be the same as My Documents, My Music, My Videos, (etc.) just with the 'My' prefix removed and a repositioning into an easier to access location.

Why the development team has made these adjustments remains a mystery, although it could be to consolidate the range of personal folders available from within Windows. Currently Windows 8 has both Libraries and the default folders available from within the User folder; Windows 8.1 could merge these together to make it easier to share files between devices. Renaming 'Computer' to 'My PC' would also facilitate easier networking between secondary devices, such as tablets.

Another reason for the changes could be to make using a Modern UI file browser, such as the one seen in build 9369, easier. The leaked 'Files' app already uses 'This PC' to describe the location of files on the local device, so making similar changes in the desktop File Explorer would unify the experience.

Microsoft continues to polish Windows 8.1 ahead of a full reveal at BUILD 2013, where a public preview version is expected to be made available. The final version of Windows 8.1, codenamed 'Blue', is set for release later in 2013.

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I never really took interest in the old Libraries feature so this change may or may not encourage me to use it within the new Windows OS upgrades. I, though, will stay with my Windows 7 until Microsoft improves something drastic enough to catch my eye.

I'd be fine with this change and whatever, honestly (although I do like things the way they are now, and I'd probably try to find a way to make it back to that way), but if they removed Libraries, I'd be very upset. I actually use that feature a lot... Especially seeing that the Libraries feature was added only in Windows 7...

If this means Microsoft are making it easier to relocate user account folders away from drives with smaller SSDs - then by all means rename, and place them in a more logical place.

UXGaurav said,
Whatever is the point of removing Libraries from left pane? Idiots. Make it optional!

Optionally pin whatever library just like any other location instead of wasting extra space in the left pane?

This is not as bad as the traditional "Start menu" disappearing. You can always rename the "This PC" icon on the desktop to whatever you like - however you cannot put back the Start button....

First the start menu, then the button, now our libraries!

But they will never take our freedom!

On a serious note, I'm fine with this change. Looks cleaner.

The placement of these 'folders' suggests to me that they are in fact libraries, but they are called folders here as libraries seemed alien to a lot of people. Lets face it, folders are abstract anyway and libraries need no further interaction from the user, but give you more choice (you can add other locations to them etc.), also I love the fact that in explorer we now have one location where you can see drives and personal libraries (folders) in one pane.

CSharp. said,

I have to admit, that *does* sound like something Microsoft would do...

nice quote clipping, but yeah it does sound like something they would do.......making a nice feature more accessible by renaming and thereby have more people use it. Think about it, anyone that knows what libraries are and what they are really good at will have no issues with a rename, but the rest will now feel more at home using them, its a win win really.

"According to a new screenshot of an unspecified development build of Windows 8.1, Microsoft has made a minor change and renamed 'Computer' to 'This PC', while also removing the Libraries feature in favor of top level folders that sit inside 'This PC'."

How do you know what feature was removed based on a screenshot? Doesn't a screenshot imply that you haven't actually used it and you have no idea how it actually works? Think before you write these articles, please.

They have probably moved the Libraries into top-level folders, so those top-level folders are the Libraries. And most likely, if "This PC" in the sidebar wasn't collapsed, you'd see them listed there.

So no feature has been removed, it's a slight GUI change.

duddit2 said,
seriously, what are you smoking? you clearly don't understand much and just want to throw hate in there...

Well I'm clearly not smoking the stuff Microsoft are! For the record I use a lot of Microsoft products but IMO some of their late decisions are rather drastic and weird.

Studio384 said,
In the screenshot are 6 icons that show you where the libraries are, right above the disks.

those are user folders

Funny how many people didnt realized it isn't called My Computer anymore... But already bitching its called This PC in a beta.

There's no way libraries are gone, it's a key part of the system, specially how metro handles things. No, I think the new "Folders" are now libraries and just placed together with the physical drives to save space.

I also think we're jumping the gun here, how do we know that "This PC" isn't just the name of whatever the user who took this screenshot set it to be and not the default?

i can envision this already:

When user click the "This PC" it greet the user with this message:

"This PC is locked due insuffiecent payment.
Please pay the license fee to continue licensing This PC.
Thank you."

"This Touch Device" or "This Tablet" are proper names,
unless we see substantial/core changes with the 8.1 'desktop' update!

Microsoft innovation at its best. I thought the libraries were a great feature to have on the left hand side for quick access to your files from any where in the file system (explorer). Now we'll either have to play around with gpedit to bring it back or, as with the start menu, we'll have to find a nice explorer replacement, that has the removed feature.

Try thinking before you post ****. This isn't even finished, and for all we know they could have merged Libraries with the folders shown in the image, or just moved it somewhere else. This image could even be fake.

I don't see see libraries on the left do you? Sure they could of merged it, but from this picture it appears they removed the from the left hand side. I never said anything about this being final? It still is an example of Microsoft innovation, or what some GUI developer thinks his UI vision should be. Additionally, In the real world you wouldn't talk like that to other people or they'd slap you silly, fire you, etc. Use some respect, and be nice.

Chris123NT said,
Anyone else notice that Libraries is missing from the navigation pane? More features being removed i see....

*sigh*

The icons under "Folders" are you Libraries...

Tuhin12 said,
Guys this is something which i noticed right now!!!
http://sdrv.ms/10JUm1I
The drive now has the Windows 8 logo within it...

Erm...it's not actually new. System drives have had the windows logos "on" them since Vista IIRC. Even Win 8.0 has it.

Sszecret said,
Even Win 8.0 has it.

Yeah, just checked and that's not new.

Also how did this topic manage to get almost 150 comments? Wow.

Sszecret said,

Erm...it's not actually new. System drives have had the windows logos "on" them since Vista IIRC. Even Win 8.0 has it.

man i was tlkn about the logo that is within the drive and not the one which is above it!!!

Tuhin12 said,

man i was tlkn about the logo that is within the drive and not the one which is above it!!!

My apologies, but that still doesn't look like a Windows logo to me. The original had that same blue-ish color "within" the drive. It looks as if it's been modified a bit, but a Windows logo it is not.

Sszecret said,

My apologies, but that still doesn't look like a Windows logo to me. The original had that same blue-ish color "within" the drive. It looks as if it's been modified a bit, but a Windows logo it is not.


Yeah right..even its hard for me to make out what the hell is that bluish thing...

Nope, they should have renamed it 'This Tablet', this totally makes more sense given the state of this catastrophic OS designed for touch. No one at msft cares about PCs anymore.

I think this has a lot more to do with the eventual inclusion of Skydrive. Microsoft would need a simple way to differentiate between what's on the cloud and what's actually on the computer.

I'm glad they're removing Libraries by the way. Redundant and unorganized ********.

Because the content still exists in its original location and this is just showing it again. That is redundant by definition.

Now it looks like from Windows 8 onwards Microsoft philosophy is remove anything. They are going to keep removing everything from desktop front and keep adding crap on Metro front. I think soon they will start removing taskbar, then Desktop file explorer, then Desktop as whole. Never seen such a suicidal corporation before.

Wow, doesn't take long for people to flock to a Windows 8 thread.

Anyways, I think that looks good like that, all in one spot.
Personally I'd prefer the Devices and drives at the top though, then Folders.

Oh, neat, a minor change that's trivial for anyone to customize and makes more sense in a world where people don't have just one "My Computer" anymore and are more likely to be seeing a list of networked PCs in Explorer along side the one they're physically at.

I'm sure nobody in this thread so far has completely blown it out of proportion!

virtorio said,
The more interesting part is it seems they've gotten rid of Libraries and merged it with the "This PC" view.

But look at how you just described it. You say they got rid of them, then immediately say they just moved them. That's all it is--your libraries are uniquely associated with the particular PC you're on at the time. From a home network point of view, it makes more sense.

I missed a word, I meant to say Libraries folder. I also never said anything negative about it (I said it was interesting), I think this is an excellent change. I said it was interesting because it shows they're focusing on how users organise their files.

virtorio said,
I missed a word, I meant to say Libraries folder. I also never said anything negative about it (I said it was interesting), I think this is an excellent change. I said it was interesting because it shows they're focusing on how users organise their files.

And I never said you said anything negative! I do think, in a model like this, there needs to be a way to have a joined view of 'Pictures' libraries across different PCs, for example.

In other words, integrating Skydrive with Libraries completely, I guess.

Could just be a simple internal change? Microsoft has multiple "labs" that each make different changes to windows and then test them. That's why builds can vary massively even though they look progressive.

A lot of those changes never make it to the final version. Hence why these builds are supposed to be private...

Geez, just when you think Microsoft is straightening up! Microsoft is like that child that you love so much. But then they do stupid scht that makes you say, "why the hell didn't I just where a condom."

Edited by JHBrown, May 10 2013, 3:39am :

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
This PC
Those PCs's
That recycling bin!
Them Control Panels
LOL man! I wouldn't be surprised though. Not anymore with Microsoft.

Bern@rd said,
In related news, Network has been renamed to "Those PCs"

That really made me laugh. Cheers for that!

I don't like how "Devices" and "Drives" are now in the same section. Currently they are sectioned in "Computer".

“Libraries” are the best thing since sliced bread; I have many partitions and many hard drives with different folders containing pictures, videos, music, etc. Libraries are incredibly useful.

I know Microsoft has an history of bad decisions in the last 2 years… let's hope they're not stupid enough to remove these…

Rob Waldhauser said,
I think whoever took this screenshot renamed "Computer" to "This PC" to troll the **** out of us. And hey, it worked lol

haha, now that would be funny. I am hoping it is just someones screenshot they posted...but who knows at the moment.

Fus10n said,
Don't worry. Star dock will just end up making a an app to fix all of the wrongs hopefully

I normally dont use Stardock, but I admit...their Win8 apps are very handy. Being able to put a modern app in a window is nice.

virtorio said,
You could make a career out of un-f**king Windows 8.

Stardock has been making a career of doing that with Windows for years.

that's well stupid... what about a server? it's still going to be called "This PC" when a server isn't a personal computer? at least My Computer made more sense, a server is still a computer, and My still implied the one you are currently on... Unless they are going to put resource strings for different devices now, like This PC, This Tablet, This Phone, This Server, etc which would at least be more consistent

That will probably go under Network. If you notice the subheadings, it looks like they are organizing things properly now

neufuse said,
at least My Computer made more sense, a server is still a computer, and My still implied the one you are currently on...

Its not said "My Computer" since XP. Its just said "Computer" since Vista.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,

Its not said "My Computer" since XP. Its just said "Computer" since Vista.

That's the brilliant thing - people are upset about the change but aren't really aware of what it actually is now(!) Talk about first World problem..

CSharp. said,

I doubt that.

OK if I absolutely must qualify it "people posting in this thread are upset about the change" since this is incontrovertible. Better?

Well I don't care for the new name.
But I do like the Personal Folders showing up in there.

Edit: Is that grouping new also ("Devices and drives" instead of "Hard Disk Drives" and "Devices with Removable Storage" in Windows 8)?

virtorio said,
Edit: Is that grouping new also ("Devices and drives" instead of "Hard Disk Drives" and "Devices with Removable Storage" in Windows 8)?

It's new to 8.1. Win 8 does not group them.

Dot Matrix said,
They should add SkyDrive to "This PC" too.

Why? How is it logical to subsume something explicitly living in the cloud under "this PC"?

Personally, I think it's even a mistake to put the user folders there.

How about Network Drives? Maybe they'll move that (and the SkyDrive folder, if you have the Desktop client installed) to the Network folder.

CSharp. said,

Why? How is it logical to subsume something explicitly living in the cloud under "this PC"?

Personally, I think it's even a mistake to put the user folders there.

One user folder to rule them all. One stop shopping.

CSharp. said,

Why? How is it logical to subsume something explicitly living in the cloud under "this PC"?

Personally, I think it's even a mistake to put the user folders there.

...except it's explicitly in both the cloud and on your PC(s) After all, it's a synchronisation service not pure cloud based storage. I prefer it where it is though.

Dot Matrix said,
One user folder to rule them all. One stop shopping.

One additional step between me and my documents/pictures/videos etc.. Plus, it's not one *user* folder , but one place listing all of the computer's devices, drives, AND the user's local folders (and cloud storage, if you had your way ). Although I'm pretty sure the 'this PC' heading in the sidebar can be expanded to reveal each folder in the side bar.

dangel said,
...except it's explicitly in both the cloud and on your PC(s)

Exactly. PC*S*, plural. Or, more accurately, your devices, there's even a Skydrive app for the Mac.

Edited by Deactivated., May 10 2013, 11:47am :

Those are not libraries... those are the folders under your <USERNAME> folder (i.e. if you go you to C:\Users\Name). You'll notice the icons match those and not the library icons. BUT I do notice "Libraries" is not listed on the sidebar... so who knows? I have a feeling it's just incomplete at this point and they'll re-add it after the finish changing things there.

Dot Matrix said,
Hopefully, they're not removing the virtual folders.

I love this feature to death.

I am sure if they remove virtual folders you will adapt and force yourself to like it and then tell others that they are "crying like a 2 year old" if they decide they don't like it.
/s

Ahh nice to see people blowing it way out of proportion already... unless of course they've decided to remove the ability to rename things.

Max Norris said,
Ahh nice to see people blowing it way out of proportion already... unless of course they've decided to remove the ability to rename things.

Saying something is stupid is not blowing it out of proportion. Its called having an opinion. Now if I would of said Windows 8 will fail, Win8 sucks and I am never going to use it...then I'd agree with you. But who knows, this could be temp thing as this is a leaked/unfinished build

Max Norris said,
Ahh nice to see people blowing it way out of proportion already... unless of course they've decided to remove the ability to rename things.

Welcome to Neowin.

Im sticking with Windows 7! I can't deal with this change! "Computer" is so much more productive than "This PC!" MS needs to listen to the customers and keep it "Computer!" MS is Doomed!

/s

McKay said,
Im sticking with Windows 7! I can't deal with this change! "Computer" is so much more productive than "This PC!" MS needs to listen to the customers and keep it "Computer!" MS is Doomed!

/s


It needs a Start Button. I can't use it without one!

/s

How is it unprofessional? Lots of people in corporate environments call it a "PC".
Plus you do have to remember... Microsoft is trying to get rid of it's big corporate image and go for a more user-friendly and welcoming image, especially with it's verbiage. I do think they can come up with a better name than "This PC" though. Maybe just "PC".

Edited by j2006, May 10 2013, 2:19am :

j2006 said,
Microsoft is trying to get rid of it's big corporate image and go for a more user-friendly and welcoming image, especially with it's verbiage. [...] Maybe just "PC".

"PC", huh? That sounds totally user-friendly and welcoming!

Omen1393 said,
I sure hope that's not permanent, "This PC" sounds terribly unprofessional.

Don't worry. Windows 8.1 Blue Professional Edition renames the Computer to "This Workstation"

So now how are we going to walk people through this

Me : Ok, click "this pc" on the left hand side
Him: My screen doesn't have a button on the left hand side
Me: No not on the physical computer but on the desktop of the pc.
Him : i'm already on this pc
Me: No the icon that says "this pc"

Oh god!

Edited by warwagon, May 10 2013, 2:09am :

warwagon said,
So now how are we going to walk people through this

Me : Ok, click "this pc" on the left hand side
Him: My screen doesn't have a button on the left hand side
Me: No not on the physical computer but on the screen.
Him : i'm already on this pc
Me: No the icon that says "this pc"

That PC! Lol

Oh god!


That's where ur wrong. You're thinking in the start menu era. The start menu is over. There's no reason now to tell someone to click the start menu and then click "my computer/this pc".

It's much easier to tell them go to the starts reel and type "whatever they want to search for" and the computer will find it just like you would do in a search engine. Simple and much faster. I hate having to direct someone to where the start menu is. Now I can just tell them to look on their keyboard press the windows button and tell them what to type.

ctrl_alt_delete said,
That's where ur wrong. You're thinking in the start menu era. The start menu is over. There's no reason now to tell someone to click the start menu and then click "my computer/this pc".

It's much easier to tell them go to the starts reel and type "whatever they want to search for" and the computer will find it just like you would do in a search engine. Simple and much faster. I hate having to direct someone to where the start menu is. Now I can just tell them to look on their keyboard press the windows button and tell them what to type.


You could do the exact same thing on Windows 7....

except its more graphically now.
The start menu was designed for 800x600/1024x800 resolutions. Not the 1080p + resolutions we use today.
The start menu in Win7 was tiny. And with half the senior population using the highest available DPI setting, the more visually enhanced and clean square icon based start screen will do a lot better for many people.

Douglas_C said,
LIke I said, you can rename to anything you want. Computer, Cyril, Twatface, etc.

Not the point. I shouldn't have to do it in the first place and This PC just sounds dumb. I already have to edit things enough as it is. Computer is perfect with Windows 7.

Dot Matrix said,

Forgetting something? http://i.imgur.com/NdSS4jh.png

Yes, I know how to rename something....and again, we all know how much you love Win8 and in your eyes, MS can do no wrong. But again, that isnt the point. Will I rename it? You better damn believe it. But novices are already confused when you are helping them and saying "click on My Computer" This will not help matters and why Computer was perfect the way it was.

techbeck said,
But novices are already confused when you are helping them and saying "click on My Computer" This will not help matters.

Think you're seriously giving people way too little credit for their intelligence. For me, has nothing to do with Windows 8.. I personally have always renamed them to something more familiar. XP was especially bad.. "my" this and "my" that (thank God they finally got rid of that), never mind the absurd "Documents and Settings"... personally.. BFD. I'll take the half second to rename it to whatever and go look for something legitimate to complain about.

What's next, the default wallpaper?

Max Norris said,

Think you're seriously giving people way too little credit for their intelligence.

And you have not had to deal with the many users I have had to deal with. Count yourself lucky.

Believe it or not...there are still many computer illiterate people out there.

techbeck said,
And you have not had to deal with the many users I have had to deal with. Count yourself lucky.

Yea, don't pretend you know what I do for a living. I've never had problems getting the idea of "that computer shaped icon in the top left" across over the phone, even without taking that half second to ask "what's that icon called", but maybe I just got lucky and got members of the Mensa Society for clients.

Max Norris said,

Yea, don't pretend you know what I do for a living. I've never had problems getting the idea of "that computer shaped icon in the top left" across over the phone, even without taking that half second to ask "what's that icon called", but maybe I just got lucky and got members of the Mensa Society for clients.

I didnt pretend to know what you do for a living. Where did I say that? I said you have not had to deal with the users I have to deal with. Unless you talk to the same people I do...which I doubt. And I shouldnt have to explain a description of something when the name should suffice and be easier/faster. And depending on what app/screen you are in...its not always the top left corner.


techbeck said,

Not the point. I shouldn't have to do it in the first place and This PC just sounds dumb. I already have to edit things enough as it is. Computer is perfect with Windows 7.

It takes one simple click and typing in your preferred name to change the default name.
If you feel if you can't spare a few seconds to do just that, then, well....wow.

Avi Patel said,
It takes one simple click and typing in your preferred name to change the default name.
If you feel if you can't spare a few seconds to do just that, then, well....wow.

And for the business, its another edit in a long line of edits Admins/IT has to make. Not every company has computer literate people and changes have to be made to make it easier for them.

This is my opinion on a rumor and if people dont like it...oh well. Its funny, I comment this is stupid like others and I get all the replies...I must be popular....

techbeck said,

And for the business, its another edit in a long line of edits Admins/IT has to make. Not every company has computer literate people and changes have to be made to make it easier for them.

This is my opinion on a rumor and if people dont like it...oh well. Its funny, I comment this is stupid like others and I get all the replies...I must be popular....


I'm just expression my opinion, just as you are.

techbeck said,
I didnt pretend to know what you do for a living. Where did I say that? I said you have not had to deal with the users I have to deal with. Unless you talk to the same people I do...which I doubt. And I shouldnt have to explain a description of something when the name should suffice and be easier/faster.

Kind of hard to take "you don't have to deal with..." any other way, because yea.. different people. What else could you possibly mean then? Sorry, I've dealt with some nimrods over the years too, not sure how yours are that much more special.

That aside, it's about the pettiest thing to start an argument about. I literally just now showed that screenshot to my 8 year old daughter and asked her what she would need to click on to bring up the list of available volumes on the system, she got it in one with zero prompting... if an 8 year old can somehow figure this brain teaser out (never mind "This PC" being about as bloody obvious as it can possibly be without somebody drawing you a picture.. oh wait, there is a picture), I'm sure other people can too.

Max Norris said,

That aside, it's about the pettiest thing to start an argument about.

I didnt start the argument...people who replied to me did. I just voiced my opinion and no one was forced to reply to me. And kids grow up on computers and electronics and to them, its a normal every day thing. I know 8 year olds that can kick that crap out of me on any game I play them on. I also know a lot of people in their 50s+ that know jack about computers, do not have them in their home, but have to use them for work. Same everywhere I have worked the past 15 years or so. Its getting better, but there are still many who do not know whats going on.

techbeck said,

Not the point. I shouldn't have to do it in the first place and This PC just sounds dumb. I already have to edit things enough as it is. Computer is perfect with Windows 7.


It's a silly argument to be honest. Regardless of how non-techy your users are, you rename it the same way as any other folder on the PC. Most users don't care about renaming default things until they are comfortable anyway... I find most want to rename only when the instructor mentions they can rename it. But either way, once the user is user to the PC, it works they same way as anywhere on the OS... i.e. right click > rename...

j2006 said,

It's a silly argument to be honest. Regardless of how non-techy your users are, you rename it the same way as any other folder on the PC.

And that is what I will do. Just something I may have to add to my every growing list of changes.

But anyway, I made my comment/point. I am not going to keep arguing my opinion on a rumor. that is all.

techbeck said,
Not the point. I shouldn't have to do it in the first place [...]

You already spent more time debating this than you'll probably ever spend on renaming "This PC" to "Computer". Clearly your time in not that precious.

techbeck said,

Not the point. I shouldn't have to do it in the first place and This PC just sounds dumb. I already have to edit things enough as it is. Computer is perfect with Windows 7.

Christ it's bugged me for years having to rename Computer to PC. Thank God they've changed this to suit my special personal opinion on how it should be named..
Frankly I won't buy 8.1 unless they get rid of Computer - it's an absolute deal breaker for me.

Max Norris said,

What's next, the default wallpaper?

It's called the 'look and feel' of the product. Windows 8 is ugly and inconsistent, due to many factors, of which its default wallpaper is one them. The default wallpaper is one of the most important aspects of an OS.

Think of Windows XP. I bet the first thing that came to your mind was the 'Bliss' wallpaper and the 'Luna' theme. The default wallpaper constitutes one of the most important parts of the look and feel of an OS, and dictates the mood and emotions that will be incited to the user.

buggingmenot said,
The default wallpaper is one of the most important aspects of an OS.

Probably one of the sillier things I've read today, I sure hope you're being sarcastic. Most important aspect should be "does it do what I need it to do and does it do it well"... default skin/wallpaper is down at the bottom, maybe one notch above "what will random forum users think of me using it". It's the first thing I'd change on *any* operating system, I've yet to find one that I was happy with out of the box. *Especially* Bliss and Luna, that's got to be probably one of the ugliest default setups I've seen to date across all operating systems, Windows or otherwise. Not a fan of 8's either but at least it doesn't look like a box of Crayolas vomited on the monitors.

Looks like they got rid of the User folder too, notice how it's consolidating the user's folders into "This PC"

Feels like the Win 9x era again! (I personally think it's a good idea, but others might disagree)

You are spot on. I completely disagree. I think it sounds absolutely unprofessional AND the removal of libraries is just stupid. I love using them.

It could function like it did in Longhorn. Libraries (or as it was then Storage) would be accessed via My Computer but the Library functionality still exist.

Victor V. said,
You are spot on. I completely disagree. I think it sounds absolutely unprofessional AND the removal of libraries is just stupid. I love using them.

My guess is that you will be able to add them to "favorites"... Well, at least it would make sense to have the option

It would be better if the name was dynamic by default, and capable of displaying system variables. Two examples of a better thing to change it to would be "This PC: <ComputerName>" and "This PC: <ComputerName>.<FullyQualifiedDomainName>".

As a system admin, removing or renaming the User folder will probably break something in AD or in a GPO. You can count on Microsoft for that.

IMO it's more likely that the C:\Users directory and its structure is still intact, just not as visible to the user as before.

x9_ said,
IMO it's more likely that the C:\Users directory and its structure is still intact, just not as visible to the user as before.

I'd think this is quite likely, and is how I hope it's done. Makes things a lot tidier. Glad to see they're dumping libraries as well, nice to cull off unused features (I know some use them...but not many, most it's just a link to their 'video's or whatever folder anyway).

I'm less convinced by 'this PC' though. I guess I'll just change it back, but it's a kinda pointless and non-helpful change -_-

Douglas_C said,
You can rename the Computer icon to almost anything you like... you could rename it to Phineas Q. Butterfat if you so desired.

Didn't know that!

I agree, it just makes things more frustrating for tech support when the same element in multiple versions of Windows has different names. When it was simply "My Computer," even the most naive users knew what you meant when you said "Click/Open My Computer/My Documents/etc."