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Windows 11’s next update won’t remove Control Panel, but more options will be moved to Settings

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Microsoft has slowly aged the Control Panel and moved more pages to the Windows Settings app. It looks like the next Windows 11 update, possibly a cumulative or minor feature update, will redirect more pages from the Control Panel to the Settings app.

With Windows 11, Microsoft has redesigned the Settings app and started the transition to the new experience. In many ways, the Windows 11 feature upgrade has simplified many features for users, as every little feature available in the Control Panel has been migrated to the Windows settings.

The settings app now uses WinUI and is ready for a modern future with many design changes. According to sources familiar with the development, Microsoft plans to move everything from the Control Panel to the Settings app in the future as part of the company’s long-term migration efforts.

In the latest update, it is now possible to uninstall more apps installed on the device. Currently, some apps can only be uninstalled through Control Panel, as the Settings app cannot recognize certain Windows apps, including Win32 desktop software.

You can finally uninstall all Win32 apps using the Settings app. As mentioned, this option was previously only available in the Control Panel. You can also remove apps that depend on each other. For example, Steam and gaming apps run on Steam or repair and modify Win32 apps.

This isn’t the end of Control Panel, of course, as the migration is still ongoing. Many important pages are in the Control Panel, but the Redmond giant is slowly getting closer to the stage where Control Panel will not be needed for most of the taskbar.

The whole transition has been slow, though, and both the Control Panel and Settings continue to co-exist in Windows.

Reports suggest that Microsoft has already canceled Windows 11 23H2 as the company plans to focus on minor feature updates while working on the next version of the operating system, which is Windows 10.

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