Microsoft is lastly signaling the finish of the legacy Control Panel in Windows 11. The software program large launched a variety of adjustments in its Settings part of Windows 11 earlier this yr, and this month the firm has began testing much more methods to interchange Control Panel performance.
In new test versions of Windows 11, Microsoft has moved the superior community settings into a brand new web page in the Settings app, which incorporates sharing choices for folders, printers, and community discovery choices. Some entry factors to the community and gadget settings in Windows 11 additionally now redirect to the Settings app, as a substitute of forcing you into the Control Panel.
The Control Panel in Windows 11.
Elsewhere, hyperlinks to the part of the Control Panel used to uninstall apps now redirect to the Settings app. Even the part for uninstalling Windows Updates is now part of the Settings app, as a substitute of being housed in the Control Panel.
These latest adjustments are welcome, and are available after makes an attempt to maneuver away from the Control Panel in Windows 10. Microsoft initially launched a separate Settings app in Windows 8, as a technique to overhaul its conventional Control Panel. The 2 have existed alongside one another for legacy assist causes, similar to how Microsoft had two browsers (Web Explorer and Microsoft Edge) inside Windows 10.
The Settings app was designed to be a brand new broom that sweeps clear, however there are nonetheless loads of settings that require you to move into the Control Panel. Windows 10 improved issues, and Windows 11 presents an much more fashionable tackle how customers management their PC.
(*11*)Microsoft describes these latest adjustments as an “ongoing effort to carry over settings from Control Panel into the Settings app.” So it’s clear Microsoft is dedicated to cleansing this space of Windows up, and ultimately making the Control Panel redundant.
Windows 11 has largely been an try to modernize and simplify a Windows working system that has been used the identical approach for many years. Microsoft didn’t fairly go far sufficient with the Control Panel for the preliminary launch of Windows 11, however in different areas like the taskbar it has simplified issues far an excessive amount of. These month-to-month adjustments pave the approach for Microsoft to finalize what has felt like an unfinished model of Windows thus far.