Windows 11 - Open Settings

Microsoft has been on a long journey to get rid of the Control Panel, which was once the user hub of the Windows platform. In Windows 11, the company is taking another step towards removing the Control Panel entirely.

New changes in the Windows 11 Settings app are adding more ways to keep users away from the Control Panel. In the latest Windows 11 Insider build (22509), the company has placed advanced network settings in the Settings app on a dedicated page.

Here you can find options for sharing printers, folders, and network discovery. Links that lead to the uninstall option of the Control Panel now open in the Settings app, something Microsoft started on Windows 10 last year.


Users coming from the older days of Windows, the Control Panel was the hub of all settings and adjustments on the platform. For newer generations, the Settings app Microsoft released with Windows 10 has taken over that position.


Since then the Settings app has co-existed with the Control Panel. Still, there has been no doubt where Microsoft sees the future.

Microsoft would like to remove the Control Panel and has been ceding features to the Settings app for years. However, the company has never been able to cut the cord entirely. The company is now actively redirecting users from the Control Panel to the Settings app. Specifically, when a Control Panel link is selected, the user will be rerouted to the corresponding Settings page.

In its announcement, the company is clear the changes are part of an “ongoing effort to bring over settings from Control Panel into the Settings app.”

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