One of the confusing aspects of Windows 10, carried over from 8.1, was the continuing existence of two ways to modify the Windows 10 settings. The traditional “Control Panel”, found its way into Windows 10 alongside the Windows 8 entrant, the touch-oriented ‘Settings’ app.
Even the upgraded Settings app for Windows 10 was missing some significant functionality compared to the older Control Panel which is perhaps reflected in Microsoft’s decision to temporarily retain it for the Windows 10 launch. However, as Neowin reported, Microsoft have been pushing to merge the two implementations to reduce “complexity” and develop a “leaner” solution. That solution will see the eventual retirement of the Control Panel.
Some users remain concerned that administering Windows 10 settings using the new app instead of the Control Panel will result in a degraded experience. Several Windows Insiders comment about some bugs, crashes and missing features in the Settings app. Hopefully Microsoft’s decision to ship the full Control Panel with Windows 10 is indicative of their strategy to wait until the Settings app is fully stable and delivers the same power and control.
WinBeta also notes that the retirement of Control Panel for Windows 10 also has implications for hardware and software vendors. Currently they are able to add “applets” to the Control Panel to allow users to access advanced features and settings in their drivers. Control Panel also has a myriad of advanced configuration options, making the migration more challenging for Microsoft.