For years, Microsoft has offered two different setup experiences on Windows 10. The new simplified setup application is now at the front end and center, while the traditional control panel can still be found in the Start menu under the Windows System control panel.
Many professional users may prefer to use a traditional control panel with Windows 7 style icons and extended settings options. However, according to a recent study by Rafael Rivera, Microsoft may plan to hide traditional control panels in future versions of Windows 10.
Rafael Rivera is a reverse engineer who uses a tool called Mach2 to scan for feature switches in the Preview version of Windows 10. Rafael Rivera’s scan of the preview version 19587 released last week shows invalid feature IDs related to older control panels, including HideSystemControlPanel, SystemControlPanelFile Explorer and Redirect SystemControlPanelHotkey suggest that the app could soon become a hidden feature on Windows 10.
While Windows 7-style applications are useful to professional users, Microsoft has over the years strengthened its Windows 10 setup application to integrate more options from traditional control panels. The company hasn’t announced any changes to the classic app, so it may not disappear anytime soon.