Windows 11 is expected to see major design improvements in fall 2022, and we’ve already started receiving builds from the dev channel. Microsoft recently shipped Windows 11 Build 22509 with much-needed improvements to the Start menu, taskbar, and Control Panel changes.
Windows 11 includes WinUI and other design improvements for many pages. However, the old control panel is still present in the operating system alongside the Settings panel. The Control Panel now has rounded corners to match the look of Windows 11, and Microsoft has also updated the icons in the Control Panel.
Microsoft has taken a long-term strategy to migrate Control Panel options to the new Settings and redirect these migrated pages to Settings.
For those unaware, this policy was announced when Microsoft started redirecting the Configuration and System Information page from Control Panel to Settings. The transition is still ongoing and most of the advanced control panel options have not yet been migrated.
Microsoft doesn’t have an ETA as to when it plans to migrate all Control Panel options to Settings, but it looks like Windows 11 Build 22509 or version 22H2 will migrate Control Panel advanced sharing settings to Windows settings.
In Build 22509, you’ll find advanced sharing settings on a new page in the Windows Settings app. Features such as Network Discovery, File and Printer Sharing, and Public Folder Sharing will now appear under a page titled Advanced Sharing Settings.
As part of the migration efforts, Microsoft has also made additional improvements to the “Printers & scanners” page in Settings. Device-specific pages in Settings can now display more information about your printer or scanner.
Of course, you will no longer be able to access network and device settings in Control Panel. If you want to make changes to the advanced sharing features of the operating system, simply navigate to the corresponding pages in the settings.
In a recent podcast, Microsoft officials confirmed that future versions of Windows 11 will remove other advanced settings from Control Panel.
Microsoft plans to remove Control Panel soon
These changes might not seem huge, but they are really necessary to completely kill the Control Panel in the future.
According to sources familiar with development, Microsoft understands that the Control Panel and Settings app duplicate many features, and it can be confusing for newcomers.
The long-term strategy is to replace Control Panel with Settings by migrating pages one by one.
We’ve already seen signs in last year’s Windows 10 preview builds that Microsoft hasn’t backed down from plans to ditch the Control Panel and it will happen at some point.