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    Working with Win10's schizophrenic config tools


    Windows 10

    Working with Win10's schizophrenic config tools


    By Lincoln Spector

    Microsoft made a much-needed course correction with Windows 10, but a few flaws survived the transition from Win8.

    Most notable is Win10ís dual system-configuration interfaces, Settings and Control Panel, inherited from Win8. Itís proof that two isnít always better than one ó it simply creates unneeded confusion.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/windows-10/working-with-win10s-schizophrenic-config-tools (opens in a new window/tab).

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    Control Panel future

    So what's the future for those of us who prefer the Windows 7 layout and run Classic Shell to access Control Panel?

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    Settings is an unnecessary garbage bin, Everything should stay in control panel.

    Actually the whole Windows 10 debacle is a garbage bin.

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    What was wrong with the Control Panel? If all the mechanisms to modify Windows-7, -8, and -10 were "under one tent," it certainly would be a lot easier for users to find where to go. Needless and pointless "moving furniture around" is just that--needless and pointless. Why wreck something that just needed minor adjustments?

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    Some items on Settings seems to require more mouse clicks than Control Panel. Might be me though; but what I find really hard to understand is MS's setout of choices and menus. Similar to their diabolical help website. However if deeper settings choices continue to be available through shortcuts, that will allow similar usage as I use now in Control Panel. Hopefully God Mode remains intact as a fallback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flutefriend View Post
    So what's the future for those of us who prefer the Windows 7 layout and run Classic Shell to access Control Panel?
    Good question, but it might take another year for that to happen; so keep using CP until it's no longer available as a link repository.

    However the Settings links will/should/might still use the CP apps, so they should be available through shortcuts - hopefully.

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    I don't dislike Settings and, for a few things, it's slightly more convenient, but that's really not the point here. It's the bipolar/schizophrenic nature of many/most Windows programs. It's uncommon to find that you can accomplish a function with a keyboard shortcut, a context menu, and a pulldown and/or ribbon menu and possibly a toolbar as well.

    The programs want to be all things to all people so they give you numerous ways to do things. That's not necessarily bad until you start finding that things are sometimes grouped differently or are inconsistent in how they are implemented. Worst of all, things sometimes have different names which makes you wonder if they are the same.

    Now we are seeing subsets of actions being organized into different interfaces, one old - one new. And MS wonders why people are confused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsmith-plm View Post
    Now we are seeing subsets of actions being organized into different interfaces, one old - one new. And MS wonders why people are confused.
    Makes one wonder if some things are just planned for elimination, at least from GUI control. The harder it is to make changes w/o Reg edits the less appeal WX will have over Linux. The times they are a changing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wavy
    Makes one wonder if some things are just planned for elimination, at least from GUI control.
    Or deliberate obfuscation to make it more time-consumng and/or more difficult to change MS's preferred defaults? You just have to look at the plethora of 'Privacy' settings to wonder why...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Corbett View Post
    Or deliberate obfuscation to make it more time-consumng and/or more difficult to change MS's preferred defaults? You just have to look at the plethora of 'Privacy' settings to wonder why...
    Yes! We are definitely getting nudged in the MS preferred direction and not so gently IMHO
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