Microsoft started shifting options from the Control Panel to the Settings app in Windows 8. The company has gradually moved settings away from the Control Panel since then. Quite a few options migrated over with the rollout of Windows 11, but a recent Insider build of Windows 11 moved a small handful of settings to the Settings app.
- 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.
The Control Panel is a legacy part of Windows that has remained largely unchanged since its initial launch. The Settings app is a modern alternative that’s generally simplified. In most cases, the Settings app is easier to use than the Control Panel. There have been instances in which a section within the Settings app lacks the more advanced features of its Control Panel equivalent.