Settings (Windows)

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Settings
A component of Microsoft Windows
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Settings app, displayed with light theme enabled
Details
Other names PC Settings
Type Control panel
Included with Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows RT, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 Mobile
Related components
Control Panel (Windows)

Settings (formerly PC Settings) is a UWP app included with Windows 8 and later, Windows Server 2012 and later, and Windows 10 Mobile.

Functionality

On Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, PC Settings was designed as a simplified settings area optimized for use on touchscreen devices. It exposed a small portion of settings accessible via desktop Control Panel with a two-paned interface; additionally, some functions (including adding accounts and changing user pictures) could only be done from PC Settings.[1] Windows 8.1 improves this component to include more options that were previously exclusive to Control Panel.[2]

On Windows 10, the app is renamed "Settings", and as with all other Windows apps, now runs within a desktop window. It includes more options that were previously exclusive to the desktop Control Panel.[3][4] Some features that belonged to the Control Panel prior to Windows 10, such as Windows Update, now exclusively belong to Settings. As it is also a Universal Windows app, this version of Settings is also used on Windows 10 Mobile for smartphones and tablet computers.[5][6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Adding and Managing Users in Windows 8". PC World. IDG. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Bright, Peter (March 25, 2013). "Windows Blue leaks: More Metro, more multitasking". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Windows 10 review: Technical Preview (January 2015)". PC Pro. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Windows 10 Settings Menu: The System tab". CNET. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Microsoft previews universal apps for Windows 10 PCs, tablets, and phones". The Verge. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Leaked images of Windows 10 for phones show us what to expect". Ars Technica. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
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