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Windows 10 changed the way many things we’ve come to know like the back of our hands. With the reintroduction of the Start Menu, albeit a juxtaposed version of Windows 7 and Windows 8’s Start Menu, users were hoping for better things from Windows 10. Another major area of change came in the form of Settings.

Some key settings, such as Windows Update, are fully integrated into the Settings app and can’t be accessed from the Control Panel anymore.

Let’s look at the changes to Settings and how this will affect the way you use Windows 10.

Using the Windows 10 Settings App

Overall, the Settings app works the same way it did in Windows 8 and 8.1 with notable additions and tweaks. It’s much cleaner and you can search through it now when open, making it easier to find what you need quickly. You’ll also be able to use Cortana to efficiently find specific settings when necessary.

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You can open the Settings app through the Start Menu or by using Cortana to search for “Settings.”

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Once opened, you’ll be able to resize the window as you see fit. You’ll immediately notice how much cleaner the icons and layout is. You can click on any group of settings and begin to dive in deeper from there.

Some settings will be new to you, not necessarily new to Windows 10 but new in the Settings app. It takes some time to get used to the new navigation and finding subtle settings without searching for them. We recommend searching for what you’re looking for.

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Many new features such as the fully integrated Windows Update, Battery Saver and Tablet mode are located within Settings. In order to use any of these features, you can only access them from the Settings app.

Some of the advanced options for settings take you to the Control Panel, too.

We recommend going through every single inch of the Windows 10 Settings app to see new settings, tweak old ones, and learn something new about your OS and what you can and can’t control through the Settings app versus the Control Panel.

Why Did Microsoft Take Away Windows Update From the Control Panel

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It’s simple, they don’t want you to have control over it. No, seriously. Unless you’re a Windows 10 Pro user, you can’t control most aspects you’re used to controlling when it comes to Windows Update.

This is to help Microsoft reach its vision of Windows 10 as a service with a rapid release cycle. If they wait for the average PC users to update Windows 10 on their own terms, Microsoft assumes you’ll miss out on key features, patches and security hotfixes.

This idea is up for debate, but for now, you can control the following settings for Windows Update through the Settings app:

  • Check for updates
  • Choose how updates are installed
  • Choose what type of updates (core Windows updates and Microsoft products)
  • View update history
  • Uninstall updates or preview builds (if opted in)
  • Opt in to Windows 10 Insider builds

The primary function you’re losing by the switch is the ability to turn off Windows Updates completely. Unless you have the Pro version of Windows 10, you have no control when and how you get Windows 10 updates for now.

Conclusion

As you can see, Microsoft did the Settings app justice by cleaning up the look and feel. Adding search makes it that much easier for Windows 10 users to get used to utilizing Settings as opposed to strictly relying on the Control Panel.

The Control Panel is still there for more advanced tweaks, so keep that in mind if you’re feeling lost in the Windows 10 Settings app.