In the latest preview builds, Microsoft has removed all shortcuts that allowed you to access the retired pages of the Control Panel. In other words, you can no longer right-click within the File Explorer and select ‘Properties’ to open the retired ‘System’ page of the Control Panel.
Likewise, Microsoft has even blocked CLSID-based IDs and third-party apps. Open Shell and Classic Shell, are also no longer able to launch the hidden System applet of the Control Panel.
Now, when a user tries to open the retired Control Panel page, they are brought to the About page instead.
This is a good thing. The weird, split-personality nature of Windows is odd, uneccesary, and needlessly complicated, and it’s high time Microsoft fully commits to something for once when it comes to Windows. Whether or not the ‘modern’ path is the one most OSNews readers want Microsoft to take is a different matter altogether.
This is not good. As long as a single old-style Control Panel page without a Metro equivalent exists, I might as well use the full Control Panel (even with the use of a third-party tool), instead of being bounced around between Control Panel pages and Metro-style screens, which sometimes don’t even use the same words or information presentation style.
This is one of the reasons I still use Windows 8.1: You have a full Control Panel (mostly). The other is I don’t have to care what my “active hours” are. All updates are 10min tops. And they don’t break stuff.