Microsoft has just taken another step towards removing the Control Panel

Windows 11

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Those who had the courage to download Windows 11 I may have noticed that while the new OS is more attractive than the previous ones, some interfaces are stuck in the Stone Age.

If I had to categorize the things in Windows 10 based on which are in need of a visual overhaul the most, File Explorer, Device Manager, and Control Panel would be my top three. The file storage app got the attention it desperately needed, but Windows overlooked the other two. While everyday users are less likely to sneak into Device Manager, Control Panel is the first place some people go when they want to adjust settings.

Instead of revising this legacy component, Microsoft seems to be removing it for parts. In a step towards removing Windows Control Panel, Microsoft has moved advanced network settings to a new area in Settings apps. Here you will find sharing options for network discovery, file and printer sharing, and public folder sharing.

Windows 11 Control Panel

Screenshot: Philippe tracy

Microsoft described the transfer of power into release notes for Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22509:

  • We’ve moved advanced sharing settings (such as network discovery, file and printer sharing, and public folder sharing) to a new page in the Settings app under Advanced Network Settings.
  • We’ve made some updates to the device-specific pages under Printers & Scanners in Settings to show more information about your printer or scanner directly in Settings when available.
  • Some of the entry points for network and device settings in Control Panel will now be redirected to the corresponding pages in Settings.

Not only that, but links to uninstall apps and updates that once took you to Control Panel now take you to the Settings app (Settings> Windows Update> Update history).

Microsoft has been transparent about the fate of Control Panel, calling these latest changes an “ongoing effort to move Control Panel settings into the Settings app.”

With the Settings menu now home to the most important functions of Windows 11, the Control Panel seems sparse. Some options remain in the obsolete application for legacy purposes, but we are starting to have the impression that Microsoft could soon take controlol Turn off the resuscitation without irritating the few “pro” users who still use it.

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