Would you believe it, Microsoft is taking another item from Windows that has been there for years in an attempt to force users toward the new theme that is “Windows Settings”–the “new” Control Panel essentially. Well, at least it has been the replacement for Control Panel since Windows 8, so it’s not so new anymore. Either way, there will always be a small little pain when Microsoft retires something that has been around for a long time.
Thankfully, it is only a tiny portion of the Control Panel. Microsoft is going to be retiring the “System” screen, which is the recognizable screen that displays your version of Windows along with a small number of system specs, like Processor, Memory, Device-Name, Product ID, etc. Is it necessary to keep it? Not really, since you can access all of this information and more from the “about” section of Windows Settings (Windows Settings -> System -> About). So you aren’t really missing out on anything with this change.
It does show though, that Microsoft is still pushing to slowly get rid of older features, or separate them to the Windows Store as a standalone app. The latter we are always ok with, but when it comes to removing features completely, they take a chance at shaking up the user community.
Again though, we don’t think this deletion from existence is going to affect that many people. They did do a good job on the about section within Windows Settings, so there isn’t anything to complain about. However, what’s next? Control Panel itself? Just kidding! At least, I hope I am.