XP hides you regular desktop icons. I don't know why, but some sick mind in Seattle thought that a desktop without Internet Explorer, My Computer, My Documents and the My Network Places icons looks nicer.
So I want to get them back.
Follow the next steps:
Right-click an empty space on your desktop. Choose Properties.
In the Display Properties window go to the Desktop tab and click the Customize Desktop button.
In the Desktop Icons section click to select all the icons you want.
Click Ok all the way out.
Your icons are back.