The tried and tested Control Panel and the modern new PC Settings may have been woven from the same cloth, but they provide a different set of options, making both a necessity for desktop users.

The former offers a myriad of features to manage a computer, while its Metro counterpart, obviously, handles the management of Modern UI features in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. With Update 1, however, Microsoft is keen to bridge the gap between both environments.

And the recently leaked build provides us a little glimpse of this strategy.

Redmond has added in a link to the traditional Control Panel in PC Settings, allowing users a quick way to switch between both worlds with just a single click — or tap, for that matter.

The image above shows the link in the lower left corner of the screen.

What this means is that if you launch PC Settings on a computer with a mouse and keyboard, and want to go to the traditional Control Panel, then you can instantly switch to it. It’s a small enhancement, but welcome, nevertheless.

In fact, the PC Settings panel has been on the receiving end of a number of improvements, including the Disk Space feature, as was recently discovered. Gives you a bit of an idea where Microsoft is heading.

More such subtle improvements are expected in the final build of Windows 8.1 Update 1, which should be here by the time the April 2014 Patch Tuesday updates go live.

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  1. I like it. For the most part you can do what you need to do in PC settings, but for the few times you need to do a little more, the link is a good option.

  2. Good. Even with Control Panel, I sometimes found it easier to look for stuffs in classic mode instead of category mode. Even though category mode is default. So I don’t mind charm bar by default but I do use control panel sometimes.

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