Microsoft replaces classic Programs and Features with the Settings app in Windows 10

Microsoft will soon kill the classic Control Panel applet 'Programs and features' with the corresponding page in Settings, i.e. Apps > Apps and Features. The change is internally introduced in yesterday's build 20211 of Windows 10. This will end the era of the classic Control Panel applet, leaving the Settings app as the exclusive tool to remove apps and manage optional features.

The change was spotted by Windows Latest, who have discovered a new redirection option in PDB files of Windows 10 build 20211.

According to a quick scan of Microsoft Program Database (PDB) files in Build 20211, Microsoft is testing a flag called “RedirectProgramsAndFeatures” that will redirect the following window to the Settings app.

When the option is activated, it prevents the user from opening this:

Chrome Uninstall PWA Control Panel 1

The above dialog is part of the classic Control Panel. When the user clicks on the Programs and features icon in the Control Panel, he expects the above dialog to appear.

Control Panel Programs Applet

When the redirection option is enabled, the icon opens the following instead:

Windows 10 Uninstall Desktop App

Well, it is a well-known fact that Microsoft is getting rid of the classic Control step by step, so there is nothing surprising. Eventually, there will only be the Settings app, and the Control Panel will disappear from Windows 10.

8 thoughts on “Microsoft replaces classic Programs and Features with the Settings app in Windows 10

  1. Windows10Resistance

    Yeah not surprised, we saw this coming years ago. They’re destroying the last remains of a functional UI in the OS, to their own demise.

  2. slumbergod

    As a linux user who frequently has to help windoze users trying to fix problems I can truly say that the windows 10 interface is a disaster. Settings are buried under layers and layers of menus. It is like they have no single team working on the design and no coherent design plan but rather competing teams of morons.

  3. Settingsisgarbage

    I’m officially done with Windows. Sticking with old versions longest I can then moving to another OS.

    1. Sargon

      People have been threatening to ditch Windows since 8.0, yet they’re still here. I doubt you’re gonna move away.

      1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

        *Since Vista. They do this since Vista.

  4. Bob

    One more page from the land of HORRID UNUSABLE UIs. I hope whoever designed Metro settings loses his job.

  5. Papo

    Their medicine rolled away. These are not normal. Which was good, we are lifted. Who are these?

  6. Resistance is Futile

    I despair, I really do, it was bad enough when they brought in ribbons and dispensed with the conventional menus, whilst no other software uses them??? What’s that all about???

    now this rubbish with the control panel applets, why not use both??? makes no sense to me


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