The Control Panel feature has long been known to everyone because it has been part of the Windows user experience for many years.
Control Panel is a component of Microsoft Windows that provides the ability to view and change system settings.
It consists of a series of menus that allow you to change settings related to, for example, adding or removing hardware and software, controlling user accounts, editing availability options, or accessing network settings.
The question about the purpose of the Control Panel was already relevant when Windows 10 was released.
The logical question was what its function is if there is a “Settings” menu in parallel.
The existence of the Control Panel and the “Settings” menu seemed like a repetition of two same things, but their similar role and maintaining the same options and buttons in two places has its function.
With Windows 8, Microsoft wanted to create an operating system that would run on tablets and PCs, and users on tablets were expected to do everything from the Start menu.
PC users were expected to perform all actions on the computer desktop.
The result was a slightly different approach to system settings on both types of devices.
The Control Panel then displayed the same configuration settings that were available on Windows 7, and the “Settings” menu displayed a subset of those settings and was designed to be used on tablets and other touch devices.
For these reasons, the Windows 8 interface seemed a bit confusing, and the main task of Windows 10, as the upcoming operating system at the time, was to create an interface that should work equally well on PCs and other devices.
At first, it seemed that Microsoft would abandon the duality of the Control Panel and the “Settings” menu and set up a single interface from which to access system settings.
Why didn’t that happen?
The reasons lie primarily in the necessity of compatibility with earlier versions of the system.
The Settings menu on Windows 10 is designed in a touch-friendly interface and includes most configuration settings.
The Control Panel is narrowed, has only one part of the settings and tasks, and is eventually retained to maintain compatibility between systems.
In recent years, Microsoft has moved more and more parts of the Control Panel to the “Settings” menu, and this transition stopped after the Windows 10 May 2020 update.
With the advent of Windows 11 things have accelerated again
It’s pretty clear what Microsoft’s intentions are with the Control Panel at the moment.
Within the Control Panel, you want to remove parts and tasks that can be performed under the “Settings” menu.
Starting with Windows 11 version 22H2, an attempt to click on the “Programs & Features” menu “within the Control Panel will automatically redirect the user to the” Settings “menu”.
For now, the Control Panel is certainly part of Windows 11 and this is actually a feature that is in the testing phase and was mentioned back in September 2020.
Microsoft has been testing this feature for a year so that users can be redirected to the correct “Settings” section of the menu.
The “Programs & Features” menu has simply been moved to the “Apps & Features” section in the “Settings” menu and has identical functions.
In addition, a change was made to the “Windows Updates” menu in the Control Panel, which moved to a new section within the “Settings” menu called “Uninstall Updates”.
In fact, it has happened that it is possible to uninstall a Windows update without going to the Control Panel.
The advanced sharing option known as “Advanced sharing” is also found in the “Settings” menu within the “Advanced Network Settings” option.
When both components are compared on Windows 11, it turns out that the “Settings” menu has more advanced settings than the Control Panel.
Many will like it, but some who are used to the Control Panel will probably need some time to adjust.
Since the necessary change to the Control Panel has been discussed since 2015, when Windows 10 was released, every Windows user can rightly ask why this issue has not yet been resolved.
It’s been a long six years since the release of Windows 10, and Microsoft saw a 21 percent increase in revenue in the second quarter of this year from last year.
Although it has made incredible profits, Microsoft still “pulls” the Control Panel and “Settings” menu and creates confusion among users because they rightly wonder why this is still, we can freely say duplicate content, still unresolved.
The “Settings” menu was supposed to be the central place for settings on Windows 11, but some tasks are still done from the Control Panel.
Many features of Windows 11 have been completely redesigned and their modified features have been an integral part of pre-market discussions, but all of this has bypassed the already protracted issue of the Control Panel feature.
Microsoft has described the latest changes as an effort to move settings from the Control Panel to the “Settings” menu.
These attempts by Microsoft should certainly be appreciated and we will see how much the Control Panel will be “naked” with the new Windows 11 updates, but the fact remains that its interface is reminiscent of older versions of the operating system and aesthetically really looks incompatible with the new generation operating system.