The control panel is here to stay, but it’s slowly being replaced


With Windows 8, Microsoft introduced the modern UI settings app and it was supposed to replace Control Panel at one point.

Windows 10 has been out for almost six years, and Windows still has two ways to switch apps. Large-scale migration did not take place because the settings did not have all the necessary functionality.

In Windows 11, which is the next generation of Windows, several advanced settings are still based on the Control Panel. The Control Panel is necessary if you want to change advanced settings like the power profile, but Microsoft is working on a few new features that would push more users to modern settings.

Windows advanced network settings

For example, the Windows 11 Settings app now lets you manage network adapters without having to use Control Panel. To change the adapter settings, you can open> Network & Internet> Advanced network settings.

Network properties

As you can see in the screenshot above, you can now click on the enable / disable button for network connection in the “network adapters” section. This feature was previously accessible through Control Panel only.

In the near future, the new operating system will automatically direct you to the Settings app where possible.

Storage settings

Windows 11 storage settings

Windows 11 has also redesigned storage settings to help users use their available storage more wisely. The latest intro is an improved layout with the ability to free up space on your drive by detecting older and unused files on the local drive.

Arrangement of storage settings

For advanced uses there is a new feature called “Manage Disks and Volumes”. As the name suggests, this “modern experience” is based on the legacy disk management tool and has been redesigned for accessibility.

Windows 11 Modern Disk Management

It offers better integration with other storage settings apps and Microsoft has promised additional design improvements to the modern disk management utility.

Battery settings

Microsoft is working on a new settings page for battery users.

Windows 11 comes with a new settings page that will use graphics to show you more details about the battery and power consumption of the device. You can look at which resource-intensive apps are consuming the most power and filter the results based on a certain time period, such as the past seven days.

Windows 11 battery usage

As you can see in the images above and below, Windows settings can now give you a weekly and 24 hour breakdown of battery usage. These charts are similar to Android or iOS battery saver and can help users understand how much of their battery is being used.

Power and battery settings

If you want to control power profiles, you should still use the traditional control panel settings.

Windows 11 is expected to bring more Control Panel pages, and some legacy pages (the ones that still use the Windows 10 interface) in the new Settings app will also get a facelift in future preview versions.

Microsoft understands that the Control Panel has a very dedicated fan base and that the work on Windows settings is not yet complete. So the company doesn’t plan to remove it anytime soon, but Microsoft will be redirecting more legacy pages to the modern Settings app.


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