Windows  Redstone

We have discussed before Microsoft’s wish to make the Settings app the control hub for Windows 10 users. With the next feature update following the Fall Creators Update, the company will move closer to that goal. Windows 10 build 17017 comes with Task Manager abilities moved to the Settings app.

Specifically, current users can manage apps that run on startup through the Task Manager. With Redstone 4, that will change. While Microsoft is officially launching the Fall Creators Update tomorrow (Oct. 17), the company is already deep into development on its successor.

For the first time, the company has allowed Insiders to test the follow up branch with a Skip Ahead feature. This means some previewers are already seeing what Redstone 4 will offer. It seems at least one change will be Microsoft pushing Settings as the configuration center of the platform.

Microsoft has not even officially announced what Redstone 4 will become, and may not for some time. However, we expect this feature will make its way right through development and be on the final release.

The new menu path is Settings > Apps > Startup and it lets users simply toggle which apps to enable or disable. Sure, this is not vastly different from the Task Manager experience, so this really is just Microsoft placing more controls under one roof.

“The list of apps that are configured to run at startup or user log-in is currently maintained via the Startup tab in Task Manager. As part of our ongoing effort to consolidate our settings experience, now you can configure them in Settings!” Microsoft says.

Settings Over Control Panel

We wrote last year about Microsoft’s plans to kill the Control Panel. It seems that goal is a long time in the making, but the company continues to make strides towards making Settings the control center of Windows 10.