Windows 10 update takes another step to kill off the Control Panel

Control Panel on Windows 10

Since the launch of Microsoft’s metro Windows 8 operating
system, system settings have been split across the
desktop-friendly Control Panel and the newer Settings app.

While Microsoft has tried to bridge the gap between the two
system settings, most users know that the best way to alter the
advance settings of Windows 10 is to open the Control Panel.

Control Panel is packed with tools (applets) that allow you to
configure and manage the way that the OS works. The Control
Panel has many tools and
Microsoft is planning to start redirecting some applets to the
modern Settings app to make it easy for you to find the
tool that you need for a particular task in one place.

One of the important features of the Control Panel is the
classic “Uninstall Programs” panel, otherwise known as the
“Programs and Features” window.

Control Panel programs applet

By default, it’s buried in Windows Search results, but
Microsoft allows you to manually access it by navigating to the
Control Panel.

With Windows 10 Build 20211, Microsoft has introduced another
nail in the coffin of the Control Panel. The latest change sees
the “Programs and Features” being replaced by “Apps &
Features”.

Microsoft now wants you to use “Apps & Features” instead, which
is the modern replacement of Control Panel’s Programs applet
found in the Settings.

According to a quick scan of Microsoft Program Database (PDB)
files in Build 20211, Microsoft is testing a flag called
“RedirectProgramsAndFeatures” that will redirect the following
window to the Settings app.

Program and Features

When you try to open the “Programs and Features” applet in the
Control Panel, Windows 10 will redirect you to the “Apps &
Features” page of the Settings, as shown in the screenshot
below:

Apps and Features

The programs page has been available in Settings for a while,
but Microsoft is now planning to direct users to toward it when
they access the old applet in Control Panel.

The modern replacement still allows users to uninstall
programs, as well as change app execution aliases and access
the optional features page.

With this latest change, it seems that Microsoft is finally
serious about a unified system settings experience on Windows
10 that will eventually do away with the old Control Panel
altogether.

Improvements coming to the Settings app

On a related note, Microsoft also appears to be working on
multiple new features for the Apps & Features page in the
Settings.

For example,
Windows 10 might get an App Manager feature that will allow
you to manage the running processes and offer recommendations
to shut down resource-intensive programs, such as Google
Chrome.

Apps and Features

Like Task Manager, it’ll also give you the ability to force an
app to close. Microsoft is currently testing this new tool in
the internal builds and we don’t know when it will appear in
the production channels.

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