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Microsoft Explores Design Changes to Windows 11 Shutdown Dialog, Recovery Environment

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We’ve heard a lot about WinUI on Windows 11 and how it could eventually overhaul many aspects of the existing OS’s user interface. A number of job postings have suggested that WinUI will lead to the development of new components and modernization of existing components of the Windows user experience.

Windows is undergoing a major redesign that officially kicked off last year. The plan is to bring the WinUI elements to even the oldest legacy parts of Windows. As part of the redesign, Microsoft updated the old context menu with rounded corners and even a dark mode.

In Windows 11 Build 25115, Microsoft is now exploring a slightly updated interface for the famous Alt+F4 dialog box. The revamp ditched the traditional Windows logo for a clean look, similar to the Windows 95-era dialog box.

Windows 11 new Shutdown UI
New User Interface for Exit Dialog

For those who don’t know, the current interface of the Shutdown dialog box is identical to that of Windows 10. It does have the new Windows 11 logo and rounded edges, but it doesn’t support the “modern” WinUI design.

New Shutdown

It seems that Microsoft is preparing to add more WinUI elements like Mica to the Shutdown dialog box in the operating system. At the moment, Mica only applies to the title bar of Windows apps and also lacks Fluent Design, which can be considered a more or less all-pervasive theme of the new OS.

These changes aren’t huge, but they are the foundation for future improvements and are really necessary for design consistency.

New icons for WinRE

In addition to the Exit dialog box, Microsoft also tests WinUI and Fluent Design icons for WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment).

The Windows 8 era WinRE interface present in the OS now has new icons and more changes may be needed as remember that the Windows 11 Build 25115 is still an early working version of the next major release year.

Windows 11 WinRE

Again, this isn’t a big change, but changes to long-standing legacy parts of the operating system could lead to more consistent design across the platform.

In the original release of Windows 11, the Control Panel also received improvements to the user interface, including rounded corners and new icons, which could be considered a good move, but we still hope that the company will one day be able to replace outdated ones. areas such as Control Panel completely without making it difficult for users.

It is worth noting that Microsoft is investigating design changes in Windows 11 Dev Channel and there is no guarantee that these changes will ship with version 23H2.

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