Microsoft taking further steps to put the Control Panel out to pasture
The Control Panel first appeared all the way back in Windows 2.0, and has served as the central hub for system information and settings for many years since. However, the Control Panel’s utility and prominence within windows has decreased over time since the introduction of the Settings app in Windows 8. The Settings app was carried over to Windows 10 and refreshed to fit with the operating system’s UI design, while the Control Panel remains as a relic of another era.
Since the introduction of the Settings app, Microsoft has been expanding the app’s capabilities and restructuring Windows 10 to direct users away from the Control Panel and towards the Settings app. Microsoft recently published a blogpost introducing Windows 10 Insider build 20161, which contains a notable change to the Control Panel. Links within Windows 10 to the System page in the Control Panel will now redirect users to the About page in the Settings app, effectively killing the System applet in Control Panel. The About page has subsequently been updated with “streamlined” security information and a button that copies system specs.
According to the blogpost, these changes are part of the ongoing work to bring “capabilities from Control Panel forward into Settings.” The blogpost also states that further similar changes are on the way, and asks the following of its users:
If you rely on settings that only exist in Control Panel today, please file feedback and let us know what those settings are.
In light of this request, it seems Microsoft is looking to eventually do away with the Control Panel once and for all.