Microsoft moves more settings away from the Control Panel on Windows 11

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft moved several options from the Control Panel to the Settings app in a recent Insider build of Windows 11.
  • An ongoing process to move options to the Settings app began in Windows 8.
  • Advanced sharing settings were moved to the Settings app in Windows 11 build 22509, which rolled out to Insiders in the Dev Channel on December 1, 2021.

Microsoft started shifting options from the Control Panel to the Settings app in Windows 8. The company has gradually moved settings away from the Control Panel since then. Quite a few options migrated over with the rollout of Windows 11, but a recent Insider build of Windows 11 moved a small handful of settings to the Settings app.

Microsoft outlined the changes in the release notes of Windows 11 build 22509, which came out on December 1, 2021. The moves garnered attention from several outlets over the last week:

  • We have moved the advanced sharing settings (such as Network discovery, File and printer sharing, and public folder sharing) to a new page in Settings app under Advanced Network Settings.
  • We've made some updates to the device specific pages under Printers & Scanners in Settings to show more information about your printer or scanner directly in Settings when available.
  • Some of the entry points for network and devices settings in Control Panel will now redirect to the corresponding pages in Settings.

The Control Panel is a legacy part of Windows that has remained largely unchanged since its initial launch. The Settings app is a modern alternative that's generally simplified. In most cases, the Settings app is easier to use than the Control Panel. There have been instances in which a section within the Settings app lacks the more advanced features of its Control Panel equivalent.

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5 Comments
  • Windows 12...
    Microsoft, having moved all system control settings to the Settings app with Windows 11, will rename Settings to Control Panel (because they determined that running a program to display a panel to manage settings was actually the same thing as running an app to display a page to manage settings).
  • Yep
    And then there is always Godmode, works fine in win10
    Edition Windows 10 Pro
    Version 21H2
    Installed on ‎19/‎05/‎2021
    OS build 19044.1415
    Experience Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.3920.0
  • I'd prefer if they also removed the features from Control Panel as they added them to Settings. In Microsoft fashion they started with this approach, Windows Update, then gave up.
  • You'd think they would have done all this before releasing win 11
  • Well,
    That's what I'm thinking all the time.
    I'll wait for win12 or 13; that might be my favorite version, challange
    the gods of luck.
    In the meantime win10 will be supported till 2025( at least ).