Windows 10 redirects one of the most used features in Control Panel – the section where you can uninstall programs – to the main Settings app, as users will still focus on the latter in the preview version of the Microsoft operating system.
As you probably know, Windows 10 remains a pretty messy operating system in some ways, with some features being duplicated in places or hidden in darker corners of the user interface.
The Control Panel, which was central to previous versions of Windows – and has been since the dawn of the desktop operating system – is now on the periphery of the user interface, and Microsoft is slowly moving the bits into Settings, as mentioned, the newest piece of the puzzle is the program and function window.
As Windows Latest reports, Microsoft is now testing a flag in a newly released preview version of Windows (Build 2021
Dealing with duplication
Note that Apps & Features already have the functionality provided by Programs and Features to uninstall (or change / modify) apps. In this case, duplicates have to be removed instead of transferring the functionality as such.
Still, it can be a disappointment for those who prefer to dive into the Control Panel for these tasks or are simply used to the more compact layout and numerous advanced features compared to the Settings app. And of course it’s another sign in a broader sense that the days of the control panel can be counted.
You may recall that earlier this year we saw the system area of the control panel being removed, and also there was evidence that the control panel may be buried and hidden deep in the operating system and that in itself is a sign that that Microsoft may be looking to drop it completely in the longer term.
The danger here is that the control panel offers a range of advanced features and useful information, while settings are a simpler and more rational proposition. So if the plan is to do away with the Control Panel entirely, Microsoft needs to ensure that all of the features are included with advanced options (or at least the important ones) of the former in the latter.
In short, if done correctly this could all work fine; However, if done wrong, tech-savvy Windows 10 users can be seriously unhappy.