The Control Panel hosts a collection of advanced options for
customizing system settings of Windows and it first appeared in
Windows 2.0. With Windows 8, Microsoft decided to modernize
everything and they introduced a modern or touch-optimized app
that contained only basic settings and it relied on Control
Panel for advanced options.
After Windows 8 debacle, Microsoft was challenged to make
system controls accessible on all form factors, while still
offering advanced settings to please both average
consumers and power users.
Windows 10 also comes with a Settings app, but Microsoft hasn’t
removed Control Panel or blocked users from accessing it. This
could change soon as Microsoft is working on changes that would
hide a few pages of Control Panel.
Windows 10 Build 19587, which is the latest Fast ring preview
update, contains a reference to ‘Hide_System_Control_Panel’.
Another reference ‘SystemToAboutSettingsSearchRemoval’ in the
codebase of Windows 10 Insider preview appears to confirm this
The reference appears to suggest that Microsoft could soon hide
Control Panel’s system information page, which isn’t a bad
thing as it has already been migrated to Windows 10’s Settings
Control Panel isn’t being removed yet and Microsoft is only
planning to redirect Control Panel users to Windows 10 Settings
app. at least for now. However, you should get used to the
Settings app now because it could completely replace the
Control Panel in the future.
Control Panel and Settings app mess
Lack of consistency between the options in Control Panel and in
Windows 10 Settings leads to confusion. Currently, Microsoft
offers some options only in the Settings app and advanced
configuration options only in Control Panel, while some options
are available in both places.
For some features, we have configurations that are available in
both Settings and Control Panel but the process is split
between the two places.
Microsoft is finally trying to reduce settings inconsistency on
Windows 10 and hiding system information in Control Panel could
be the first step.
These changes could be part of
Windows 10 20H2 update, which is likely to debut in the
last quarter of 2020.
Microsoft is currently
preparing Windows 10 version 2004 (20H1) update for public
rollout in April. After the 20H1 update is shipped to
consumers, Microsoft is expected to start working on next
year’s feature update.