Microsoft continues to move users away from the Windows 11 Control Panel by moving various options to the Settings app.
The latest preview build of Windows 11, build 22523, introduces key changes as part of the company’s “ongoing efforts to transfer settings from the Control Panel to the Settings app”.
The first major change sees links to the Programs and Features section in the Control Panel which now opens in the Settings app of the operating system. Specifically, it has been moved to the Installed Applications section. When the update finally rolls out to all Windows 11 users, it means you will no longer be able to uninstall or change programs on a PC through the standard Control Panel access point.
Microsoft has also decided to move the Uninstall updates control panel option to a new page found in settings via the Windows Update and Update history sections.
As we’ve seen with certain aspects of Windows undergoing a complete UI overhaul, such as the taskbar, Microsoft is clearly preparing to phase out the Control Panel which has been a core feature for more than a year. decade in favor of its new Settings app, which was originally introduced via Windows 8. Until now, the Control Panel has been mostly immune to major changes, but Microsoft obviously intends to simplify it with the Settings app.
Other segments that have been moved from the control panel earlier this month with a previous version included advanced sharing settings. Network Discovery, File and Printer Sharing, and Public Folder Sharing are now all located under Advanced network settings in the Settings app. And some of the entry points for network and device settings found in Control Panel now redirect to the equivalent pages in Settings.
In addition to changes to the Control Panel, Windows 11 preview build 22523 available to users enrolled in the Insider Program also fixes several issues. One such issue that has been fixed is a bug that caused ARM64 PCs to crash due to a memory management error. Application icons should also no longer overlap the running date and time on secondary monitors when many applications are open by the user.
Regarding widgets, Microsoft fixed the issue where links were not opening properly when opening the widgets table via hover function.
More recently, Microsoft brought back a useful feature from Windows 10 to Windows 11 in the form of the weather widget. Voice access functionality has also been added, allowing users to control their PC only through voice commands. Another major change unveiled by Microsoft was the famous command prompt replaced by Windows Terminal.
All of these changes will be available to all Windows 11 users sometime in 2022. As for the upcoming enhancements that are on the way for the operating system, performance in particular will be an area of focus for Microsoft. next year. So far, Windows 11 has been installed on nearly 10% of PCs.