Control Panel has been a part of Windows since Windows 1.0, and it has a loyal fan base of older users who prefer it to the modern Settings app, which still lacks key features.
Starting with the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, Microsoft has been trying to push more Control Panel users to the Settings app and it looks like the company is continuing its modernization approach.
As noted in the latest preview releases, Microsoft is now adding more pages to the Modern Settings app than previously found in Control Panel.
In the latest preview version, released in January 2021, you will also be able to find Storage Spaces in Settings. For those who don’t know, Storage Spaces is a feature that allows you to connect multiple storage devices to your computer and treat them as a single storage device called a âstorage poolâ.
Microsoft has modernized the interface of the old Storage Spaces feature and added it to Settings> System> Storage> Manage Storage Spaces. You can click the Storage Spaces link to create and manage Storage Spaces from the Settings app.
In a podcast, Microsoft explained that settings pages are created with “accessibility” and “the modern experience” in mind. These pages also offer better integration with native Windows features, such as Storage Settings and Storage Sense.
As you can see in the screenshot above, the modern alternative to Storage Spaces currently allows users to create, add, remove, and optimize storage pools.
You can also use your keyboard and Windows Narrator to navigate between different pages, while using multiple storage devices that rely on different interfaces.
The control panel is not removed
The Control Panel is not abandoned, but there is a good chance that pages with modern alternatives will simply be deleted or disabled at some point in the future to “unify” the experience of settings on the system. operation.
When this happens, some Control Panel pages redirect users to the Windows 10 Settings application. Microsoft will also block third-party applications that could be used as a workaround to access hidden Control Panel pages.
In addition to storage space, Microsoft is also modernizing the interface of the disk and partition management tool.
These changes are currently live in drafts, but they shouldn’t stay in testing for too long, meaning the improved Settings app could go live for the public later this year.