Microsoft begins removing important features from Control Panel in Windows 11


Windows Control Panel has been around for a while and it was the default app to manage settings in Windows 7 or earlier. Since the release of Windows 8, Microsoft has started to focus on a modern alternative to the Control Panel and is determined to migrate legacy functionality to the Settings app in a future version of Windows 11.

Over the past few years, the company has moved parts of the Control Panel to Modern Settings, with the transition slowing down after the release of the Windows 10 May 2020 Update. Since Windows 11, however, the migration appears to have been slower. unfold at a fairly rapid pace.

Microsoft’s approach with the Control Panel migration is fairly straightforward. The company wants to remove Control Panel pages only when the alternative to that page is ready in the Settings app. Starting with Windows 11 version 22H2, trying to click on the “Programs and Features” Control Panel page will automatically redirect users to settings.

Programs and Features page

The links to Programs and Features in Control Panel will open the Windows Settings app in version 22523 or later. While there is no ETA for complete demise, the Control Panel will likely continue to be a part of the next big Windows 11 feature update, and it will only lose some functionality.

Windows 11 installed apps screen

The experimental flag to turn off the ‘Programs and Features’ Control Panel page was first spotted by us in September 2020. Microsoft has been testing this particular change for over a year so that users are directed to the pages instead. appropriate in the Windows settings.

The Programs and Features page which allows you to manage installed applications has been moved to “Applications and Features” in settings, which already contains all the functions provided by the Control Panel.

Windows settings improve

Uninstall updates in settings

Additionally, the Windows Updates page in Control Panel has now been moved to a new section called “Uninstall Updates” in the Settings app. As you can see in the screenshot above, Windows settings finally allow you to uninstall Windows updates without going to Control Panel.

Note that the Settings app has all the features offered in these Control Panel pages, but this change might be a disappointment for those who prefer to use legacy features like Control Panel for these tasks or are just used to the old one. layout of the operating system. .

In fact, the Settings app has more advanced functionality than the Control Panel app.

The days of Control Panel are numbered

This change is another sign that the days of the Control Panel may be numbered. The Programs and Features page is one of the most used features of Control Panel and it was eventually migrated to Windows 11 settings.

Completely removing the classic control panel would still take a while, but it could happen in a few years.