In Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a new feature - the Win+X menu which can be opened by pressing Win+X shortcut keys together on the keyboard. In Windows 10, you can simply right click on the Start button to show it. The Win+X menu contains shortcuts to useful administrative tools and system functions. Starting with Windows 10 build 14942, Microsoft is removing classic Control panel applets from the Win + X menu and replacing them with pages from the Settings app.
In Windows 10 build 14942, Microsoft has secretly updated some of the shortcuts to open the appropriate pages of the Settings app.
The following items now refer to the Settings app:
- Programs and Features
- Power Options
- Network Connections.
Also, the Control panel link has been replaced by Microsoft with the Settings app:
According to Inside Windows, who discovered this change, the shortcut target for the mentioned items will be changed only if you install Windows 10 build 14942 from scratch. For users who upgraded from previous builds, Win+X menu items remain the same.
It is still possible to customize Win+X menu items and add classic applets and other applications you want. It is still possible to open and use the Control panel app. However, you cannot ignore the fact that the classic Control Panel will be removed completely in the near future.