Windows 8 Metro to change Control Panel to PC Settings?

Windows 8 screenshot leaks continue to hit the Internet. On Saturday we reported on the "Charm Bar" that has seen changes in a new build. Now the Win8china.com web site claims to have taken a screenshot of a new Windows 8 build that shows a "PC Settings" folder in the Metro user interface.

The web site claims that this new "PC Settings" section is in fact a replacement for the familiar "Control Panel" folder that has been a fixture of previous Windows operating systems. The site also claims that the new PC Settings section has "lots of added functions". Unfortunately, the site declined to state exactly what these extra features are in this new build.

If the screenshot is in fact genuine and not a Photoshop fake out, one has to wonder why Microsoft would want to change "Control Panel" to PC Settings in the Metro interface. Perhaps they believe that since the Metro UI will be used by a more mainstream audience they might be confused with the Control Panel term. PC Settings is certainly a much clearer description of what the folder contains.

In any case as we get closer to CES 2012 in early January you can bet that more and more screenshot leaks of Windows 8 will rise to the surface.

Thanks to Faikee for the tip!

Image via Win8China.com

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Fake or not, I'd prefer only "Settings". What about "PC Settings" on a tablet ? It should be 'Tablet Settings' but it's too ugly, so, only "Settings" would be a smart choice.

Clearly a fake, look at the text on the rest of the icons, it should be "PC Settings" not "PC settings" (lowercase -> uppercase).

Well guess what, in the current beta of Microsoft Security Essentials, it now uses "PC status" instead of "Computer status" so I guess it's true. lol

IntelliMoo said,
Well guess what, in the current beta of Microsoft Security Essentials, it now uses "PC status" instead of "Computer status" so I guess it's true. lol

Were you able to install MSE with W8? I tried and got a message stating that the program is not compatible with the OS.

Out of curiosity I tried to install MSE using W7 settings and it worked.

OSX settings are awesomely simple. So will be metro. But remember. Control panel offers alot of the advanced controls with ease.

I hope they do something like OSX and have a unified control pannel. No 50 million views. Everythibg in the same.window. simple and to the point..

CMG_90 said,
I hope they do something like OSX and have a unified control pannel. No 50 million views. Everythibg in the same.window. simple and to the point..

+1

CMG_90 said,
I hope they do something like OSX and have a unified control pannel. No 50 million views. Everythibg in the same.window. simple and to the point..

You know what 'preference' is? Or do you prefer to be stuck on 1 way of viewing things?

Metro UI to change system settings? Wtf?

Sorry but replacing everything with this Metro crap is retarded. Hopefully Windows 9 will be a sensible OS again. Until then, I'm sticking to Windows 7.

Off topic, but anyone know why I can't hit reply on WP7 mobile version of neowin? I just get thrown to the top of the article when I click...

duddit2 said,
Off topic, but anyone know why I can't hit reply on WP7 mobile version of neowin? I just get thrown to the top of the article when I click...

Ignore me, the edit box is simply at the bottom of the page doh

mdtaUK said,
Windows Phone calls it "Settings", so why not follow suit. Xbox calls it "Console Settings"

b/c xbox has two settings. there is also network settings. I have to say that it should be just settings in win8 rather than PC settings.

xpclient said,
Obviously grandmas don't know what "Control Panel" means.

Is it some medicine grandma takes?

wotsit said,
But Windows 8 will be fore more than PCs?!

Windows 8 will be everywhere from desktop to Windows Phone 8 as well inside next generation of Xbox.

wotsit said,
But Windows 8 will be fore more than PCs?!

Well, the tablets are obviously confirmed.

As for Windows Phone, and Xbox, there are a lot of speculations on that. Including some jobs posting at Microsoft that mention something about "convergence of operating systems" and "having one ecosystem, for several form-factors".

And plus, they all are starting to get exactly the same. So it seems more than plausible to happen, to me.

Estienne Taylor said,

Windows 8 will be everywhere from desktop to Windows Phone 8 as well inside next generation of Xbox.

Exactly

Correction to the last line in my post.

And plus, they all are starting to get exactly the same interface. So it seems more than plausible to happen, to me.

Estienne Taylor said,

Windows 8 will be everywhere from desktop to Windows Phone 8 as well inside next generation of Xbox.


Whilst I agree on WP8, I still doubt that the next XBox will be based on W8 - at least not without major changes on the architecture. Just remember that they already tried to use Windows for the original XBox and it failed - according to the original XBox team. Only after they got permission to use a different architecture, that allows direct access to the hardware - opposed to the HAL - they were able to get acceptable performance.

I think it's a good change, if it's for real. Plus, it should say PC settings or maybe even better 'Computer Settings'. That way all users see that these are universal settings, not just for a specific application. I always thought the icon for Control Panel in Windows 7 was a little cheesy looking anyway.

Steeley said,
They could just call it 'Settings', because I already know I'm on a PC.

but maybe you can get a phone settings or xbox settings after a nice sync...

Morden said,

but maybe you can get a phone settings or xbox settings after a nice sync...

Those could still be under the same thing. Personally I like how in OSX you have System Preferences and then every program has Preferences in the same place, accessed by the same shortcut key. Except Adobe because they don't know **** about making OSX native software.

Would like to have more consistency in Windows with this, like having UI design guidelines state that the Settings option must be in menu x instead of sometimes being in Edit, sometimes in Tools and so on.

Northgrove said,

JPEG compression settings is an indicator of fakes? Wow.

Yes it does! I mean taking a look at the readings here the JPG Compression to Fake meter ratio is off the charts with this picture!

I know that we're all used to the term 'Control Panel' but the term 'settings' is a lot more widespread and less intimidating to new users. I think it's a sensible move, so let's hope this isn't just a rumour.

My biggest concern is that in the Developer Preview not all the settings could be accessed through the Metro Control Panel - many kicked you back to Aero, which seemed really awkward and unnecessary.

hmm shouldnt it be "PC Settings" instead of " PC settings" microsoft tend to capitalise the first letter for every word in a title, even Control Panel, Remote Desktop Connection etc etc, im a bit suspect now....

Chemaz said,
hmm shouldnt it be "PC Settings" instead of " PC settings" microsoft tend to capitalise the first letter for every word in a title, even Control Panel, Remote Desktop Connection etc etc, im a bit suspect now....

not in metro they dont

Chemaz said,
hmm shouldnt it be "PC Settings" instead of " PC settings" microsoft tend to capitalise the first letter for every word in a title, even Control Panel, Remote Desktop Connection etc etc, im a bit suspect now....

You'd think but Windows 7 has both "Homegroup" and "HomeGroup" so it's probably just MS not being able to make up their minds.

Also, 'My Computer' in Windows 8 has been changed to 'Computer'.
I enjoy seeing these small leaks, looking forward to new features that Microsoft will be releasing when its time for the beta.

Ben Dyson said,
Also, 'My Computer' in Windows 8 has been changed to 'Computer'.
I enjoy seeing these small leaks, looking forward to new features that Microsoft will be releasing when its time for the beta.

That was changed in Vista?