Microsoft ditches Control Panel in its latest Windows 11 updates

Microsoft is finally signaling the end of the old Control Panel in Windows 11. The software giant introduced a number of changes to its Settings section of Windows 11 earlier this year, and this month the company began to test even more ways to override Control Panel functionality. .

In new test versions of Windows 11, Microsoft has moved advanced network settings to a new page in the Settings app, which includes sharing options for folders, printers, and network discovery options. Some entry points to network and device settings in Windows 11 also redirect to the Settings app, instead of forcing you into Control Panel.

Windows 11 Control Panel.

Elsewhere, links to the Control Panel section used to uninstall apps now redirect to the Settings app. Even uninstall windows updates section now part of the Settings appinstead of being hosted in the Control Panel.

These latest changes are welcome and come after attempts to move away from the Control Panel in Windows 10. Microsoft originally introduced a separate Settings app in Windows 8, as a way to overhaul its traditional Control Panel. The two have existed side by side for legacy support reasons, much like Microsoft had two browsers (Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge) in Windows 10.

The Settings app was designed to be a new broom that sweeps cleanly, but there are still plenty of settings that require you to head to the Control Panel. Windows 10 has improved things and Windows 11 offers an even more modern take on how users control their PCs.

Microsoft describes these latest changes as an “ongoing effort to move settings from the Control Panel to the Settings app.” So clearly Microsoft is committed to cleaning up this area of ​​Windows and possibly making the Control Panel redundant.

Windows 11 was largely an attempt to modernize and simplify a Windows operating system that had been used the same way for decades. Microsoft didn’t go far enough with the Control Panel for the initial release of Windows 11, but in other areas like the taskbar, it simplified things way too much. These monthly changes pave the way for Microsoft to finalize what until now looked like an unfinished version of Windows.