Kiss goodbye to the Control Panel in Windows 10, its days are numbered

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For Windows stalwarts, the move to Windows 10 has meant embracing a number of changes. Since Windows 8, Microsoft has been keen to push its modern interface, and this is a drive that continues with renewed strength in Windows 10. In ushering in the new, the old has to be let go -- and one of the next features for the chop is the Control Panel.

At the moment, Windows 10 users have something of a strange, split experience when customizing the operating system and changing settings. Some things are handled by the old-fashioned Control Panel, others by the Settings app. Microsoft's Gabe Aul and Brandon LeBlanc have made it clear that the Control Panel is due to die.

For some people, killing the Control Panel will make perfect sense. Looking to two places to change different settings may be confusing for some. Microsoft views things slightly differently, saying that streamlining two into one is more of an exercise in efficiency and performance. Writing on Twitter, Gabe Aul affirmed:

This is certainly not the first time Microsoft has talked about the death of the Control Panel. System administrators have voiced concern about the move to the Settings app, but Microsoft insists that feedback indicates a desire for more Control Panel options to migrate to Settings:

Windows Insiders will be the first to experience Windows 10 with a beefed up Settings App and a cutback -- or non-existent -- Control Panel. While Microsoft is responding to questions and feedback about the direction it is taking Settings in, the company has not committed to any sort of schedule.

There's clearly still some work to do because, although the capabilities of Settings have expanded greatly over the months, the Control Panel remains far more powerful. When the day comes, will you be among those mourning the loss of the Control Panel?

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