Microsoft continues Control Panel shuffle on Windows 11

If we don’t move things, how will we know it’s new?

If you’re using Windows 11 or support those that do, you may soon have to dig to find settings you could once find in Control Panel. For example, if you wanted to change network discovery or file and printer sharing, you should no longer look for the option under the Network and Sharing Center, instead you should launch that nice Settings app and dig in there to these settings. . So will most other network settings as well as Device Manager, as they have also been migrated to the Settings app.

On top of all those network settings, printers and scanners have lost their own easily accessible page, migrating from the Control Panel to Windows 11’s Settings app. In most cases, it’s just a matter of changing your habits. to match how Microsoft wants you to interact with Windows, but not always. The Settings app was designed to be simplified, in theory to allow those less technically inclined to be able to change the settings themselves. This simplification has the side effect of hiding the advanced settings that we regularly use.

Currently, these Control Panel changes are only implemented in Windows 11 Insider build 22509, but expect them to roll out to everyone in the not-too-distant future. Slashdot has links to the changes as well as more details on Windows 11 Insider build 2250 here.