Microsoft moved several options from the Control Panel to the Settings app in a recent Insider build of Windows 11. Microsoft outlined the changes in the release notes of Window 11 build 22509, which came out on December 1, 2021. The moves garnered attention from several outlets over the last week:
- We have moved the advanced sharing settings (such as Network discovery, File and printer sharing, and public folder sharing) to a new page in Settings app under Advanced Network Settings.
- We’ve made some updates to the device specific pages under Printers & Scanners in Settings to show more information about your printer or scanner directly in Settings when available.
- Some of the entry points for network and devices settings in Control Panel will now redirect to the corresponding pages in Settings.
In the blog post, the company outlined the changes of the latest version. The most notable change is that the links to Programs and Features in Control Panel will now open in Settings > Apps > Installed Apps. Also, the company said that it is moving Uninstall Updates (for cumulative updates, etc.) from Control Panel to a new page in Settings under Settings > Windows Update > Update History.
Microsoft says this is the last build of Windows 11 we’ll get in 2021, and it’s obvious why. The holiday season is getting into full swing, so the company will take some time off and new builds will be back in 2022. That makes it all the more important to make sure that the known issues in this build don’t hinder your experience, since you’ll be stuck with them for a while.