Microsoft has been slowly making the Control Panel obsolete, and more pages are moving to the Windows Settings app. It looks like the next Windows 11 update, possibly a cumulative or minor feature update, will redirect more pages from the Control Panel to the Settings app.
With Windows 11, Microsoft redesigned the Settings app and started the transition to the new experience. In many ways, Windows 11 feature upgrade simplified many features for users, as it migrated every little feature available in the Control Panel to the Windows Settings.
The settings app now uses WinUI and is ready for a modern future involving many design changes. According to sources familiar with the development, Microsoft plans to move everything from Control Panel to the Settings app at some point in the future as part of the company’s long-term migration efforts.
In the latest update, it is now possible to remove more apps that are installed on the device. Currently, some apps can only be removed via the Control Panel as the Settings app cannot recognize specific Windows apps, including Win32 desktop software.
You can finally remove all Win32 apps using the Settings app. As mentioned, this option was previously only available in Control Panel. You can also remove apps that have inter-dependencies. For example, Steam and gaming apps run on Steam or repair and modify Win32.
Of course, this isn’t the end of the Control Panel, as the migration is still in progress. Many vital pages are in Control Panel, but the Redmond giant is slowly getting closer to the stage when the Control Panel won’t be required for most of the tasks.
However, the transition has been happening slowly, and both the Control Panel and the Settings continue to live side-by-side in Windows.
Reports suggest that Microsoft has already canceled Windows 11 23H2 as the company plans to focus on minor feature updates while working on the next version of the OS, i.e., Windows 10.