Windows 10 ‘Control Panel’ To Be Scrapped In Next Update And New Settings App To Become Default?

The legacy ‘Control Panel’ within the Microsoft Windows operating system, the one with several neatly laid out categories, might go away soon. Microsoft appears to be testing the removal of the legacy Control Panel in Windows 10. The company is expected to make Windows 10 OS users rely solely on the new and significantly simplified Settings App to control various settings and functionalities of the operating system and connected peripherals.

It has been indeed strange that Microsoft allowed the coexistence of two separate platforms in Windows 10 to manage system settings and features. Of the two Settings experiences within Windows 10, the older and more familiar Control Panel has been existent and widely used for the past few Windows OS iterations including Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1. The same Control Panel was carried forward in Windows 10, but Microsoft might just remove or hide the legacy Control Panel, and users will be left with the new Settings App to control or change settings.

Microsoft Windows 10 Upcoming Feature Update Might Remove The Legacy Control Panel Platform:

For several years now, Microsoft has continued to include two different Settings experiences on Windows 10. While the new Settings App is now the main important platform to control settings and features in Windows 10, the legacy Control Panel can still be found in the Start Menu under Windows System > Control Panel. However, Microsoft might not allow the coexistence of two powerful platforms with identical duties and capabilities.

Ever since Windows 8, Microsoft has had two settings apps built into Windows. A modern Settings app, and a legacy settings app, known as Control Panel. However, Rivera, a “reverse engineer by night,” has discovered that Microsoft might just remove or hide the legacy Control Panel within Windows 10. Rivera uses a tool he wrote called Mach2 to scan Feature switches in Windows 10 preview builds. Rivera’s scan of the preview build 19587 published last week, revealed inactive feature IDs related to the Legacy Control Panel (HideSystemControlPanel, SystemControlPanelFileExplorerRedirect, and SystemControlPanelHotkeyRedirect), suggesting that the app may soon become a hidden feature on Windows 10 PCs.

Microsoft has been slowly replacing the legacy Control Panel with the modern Settings app on Windows 10. However, the Windows Control Panel has been part of the OS for decades and transferring all those settings to the new app takes a lot of time. The company now appears confident about ensuring that most important Control Panel settings are now available in the modern Settings app.

Will Microsoft Completely Remove The Legacy Windows Control Panel In Windows 10?

It is amply clear that Microsoft will not allow the coexistence of two powerful platforms with identical functionality. However, the company isn’t outright removing the Control Panel from future versions of Windows 10. The code discovered by Rivera strongly indicates Microsoft would gradually hide the legacy Control Panel from general users.

Incidentally, there are quite a few Control Panel settings that are yet to be ported to the modern Settings app. Still, the majority of these settings are considered minor, and the majority of Windows 10 users might not need them. For the majority of Windows 10 users, the Control Panel is redundant with the latest versions of Windows 10, and the Settings App is enough to manage the settings.

The code strongly indicates any changes pertaining to the Control Panel won’t come into effect until 21H1 at the earliest. The upcoming Windows 10 Version 2004 release will still have the legacy About page unhidden by default.

A few power users of the Windows operating system have pointed out that the legacy Control Panel is still quite useful and powerful. The biggest annoyance with the new Setting App is the inability to open multiple instances of the platform. The Settings UWP is essentially restricted to a single instance, which can be quite bothersome for IT admins.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.

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