Settings vs Control Panel

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It’s taken me a while, but I finally tried opening 2 Settings sessions at once: Update was running already, and I tried opening Display Settings too. All that did was switch the one Settings window to Display Settings, with no back arrow in the top-left corner.

Looks like Settings is truly a UWP-style app, and it can only handle one instance. If so, for PCs it’s a definite step backwards from Control Panel.

I wonder how long it’ll take MSFT to permit multiple simultaneous instances of Settings sections.

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9 responses to “Settings vs Control Panel”

  1. illuminated

    Just curious. Why do you want multiple instances of settings? When update runs it does so in the background. You do not have to keep that page open.

    In my opinion settings are slowly moving in the right direction. Control panel became a mess years ago.

    • hrlngrv

      In reply to illuminated:

      I know various sections can run in the background.

      It's more a question of navigation. In Control Panel it's possible to switch from one settings applet to another by switching windows. Navigation between different sections is much more cumbersome with Settings.

    • spacein_vader

      In reply to illuminated:

      They're getting quicker: it took Control Panel years to become a mess, Settings has managed it in 18 months.


      That said, having to use both still is ridiculous, they need to get all of Control Panels functionality into Settings & then kill it.

  2. rameshthanikodi

    I think UWP apps can run multiple instances, like the Photos app, you can open as many photos as you want and each photo will spawn a new instance. The capability is there, but I think the app needs to be specifically coded for it. In the case of the Settings app, I don't think they'll be adding the capability, your best bet is to drop a suggestion in the Feedback Hub and hope it gets upvotes, but this is not a common complaint, and until it becomes one, Microsoft isn't going to care much for it.

    BTW, some Win32 apps are specifically coded to not open new instances either, like Steam, Photoshop, Spotify, etc.

    • hrlngrv

      In reply to rameshthanikodi:

      I'm aware some programs won't run in multiple instances. It wouldn't surprise me that it was uncommon to run multiple Settings sections at the same time. It took me years to do so myself.

      It wasn't so much that there's just a single instance of Settings as the fact that when one part of setting is still running but another different Settings section is launched, Settings has really bad navigation.

  3. jimchamplin

    Settings doesn't need multiple instances. System Preferences.app doesn't need it.

  4. Rcandelori

    Control Panel will only die when


    (a) all of its functionality is completely replicated in the Settings app; and

    (b) there is the ability in Settings to have third-party extensions as occurs now with Control Panel.

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