So if you guys are using Windows 2008 R2 you come to realize by now that you no longer have the “personalize” option when you right click on the desktop. Along with that, you don’t have the option to add the Desktop Icons. Well, here is your simple solution:
Hit Start, and in the Search box type “show desktop icons“
The first option that comes up is “Show or hide common icons on the desktop”, choose that, and you will see the familiar Desktop Icons Dialog.