Microsoft has started testing the removal of the venerable System control panel on Windows 10
and instead redirecting users to the modern About page.
The System control panel allows users to get a brief overview of the operating system version
network configuration and installed hardware.
Commonly used to determine the Windows 10 version
computer name, and workgroup, and installed CPU and memory
the System control panel has been an often-used tool since it was introduced in Windows NT 3.51 and Windows 95.
in Windows 10 Insider build 20161 Microsoft is rolling out a change that redirects users to the Windows 10 About page
when trying to open the System control panel.
New and improved Windows 10 About page
As part of this change, Microsoft has also added the ability to copy data from the About page
and provide information about your active security protections.
The beginning of the end for Control Panel?
In Windows 8, Microsoft introduced the new modern Settings feature
and moved much of the operating system’s configuration and options to it.
At the same time, they kept the Control Panel in place
and continued to use it for many configuration options.
The different appearance between the Windows 10 Settings and Control Panel
has always led to a disjointed feel to configuring Windows 10.
The System control panel redirection appears to be beginning of a plan to retire the old Windows Control Panel
and move all configuration options and information into the modern Windows 10 Settings pages.
“There will be more improvements coming that will further bring Settings closer to Control Panel.
If you rely on settings that only exist in Control Panel today, please file feedback
and let us know what those settings are,” Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Program Manager
of the Windows Insider Program, shared in a blog post.
The removal of Control Panel and its migrations of settings to the modern Windows 10 Settings
is a good thing.While it always sad to see something used so often go away, it has always felt like it did not belong in Windows 10.