I also wanted some icons on my desktop so I used a software called fence from Stardock
Fence just makes grouping icons so much tidier. I used both free versions. To be honest the basics are all you need, the more singing and dancing it does the more memory and rescourses it will take up. I have put my task bar at the top of my screen hidden, but when the need arises I point the mouse to the top and it drops down revealing the links to where I want to go. The Dock has a link to the start menu anyway and also to the closing down menu. Plus extras. Also the great advantage is that I now have my whole screen to work on with out any hindrance.
Here is what it looks like with me image as wallpaper. Taken in last years snow. I love the image