Here are the top 10 fixes Windows 11 users want for the Settings app.


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Microsoft has done a great job of upgrading and changing Windows settings during the transition from Windows 10 to 11. The new app features a sleek modern design, improved navigation, improved accessibility, and many new features. However, the Settings app is far from perfect. This part of the operating system still needs improvement, as seen by the posts and upvotes on the Feedback Hub from those who care enough to share their feedback with Microsoft. In this episode of “Top 10 Features Users Want,” we look at what users want to see improved in the Microsoft Windows 11 Settings app.

The following list shows suggestions posted on the Feedback Hub that Microsoft has not yet implemented. Ideas and requests for changes already made by Microsoft are not included.

1. Add automatic switching between light and dark mode. – 6520+ votes.

Answer from Microsoft:

Appreciate the feedback, it has been shared with the team for future consideration.

Tip: You can get this feature by using third-party apps, like the Auto Dark Mode feature we recently featured in our “Top 11 Apps for Windows 11 Users” article.

2. Integrate the old Control Panel with the Settings app. – 6360+ votes.

Answer from Microsoft:

Thanks for your feedback about the integration settings and control panel. This is something we have been working on and will continue to do.

3. Windows Update should include changelogs for cumulative updates – 2130+ votes.

Answer from Microsoft:

Appreciate the feedback! When you install a cumulative update, if you go to Windows Update Settings > View installed update history, you should find a link to the changelist for that cumulative update.

However, users are not happy with Microsoft’s response, and many commenters agree that Windows Update should show changelogs. First Installing updates. Also, release notes should not require opening a browser.

4. Allow opening multiple settings windows at once. – 2030+ votes.

Answer from Microsoft:

We have received this feedback.

5. Restore the old default apps settings section. – 1232+ votes.

Windows 10 and early Windows 11 builds allow default apps to be organized per category (email, browser, media player, etc.), not per extension. Users argue that the new variant is too complicated and confusing, making it difficult for users to opt out of using Microsoft Edge as their default browser.

Answer from Microsoft:

We have received this feedback.

6. Slow performance – 830+ votes.

Answer from Microsoft:

Thanks for taking the time to report this. We’re making improvements as later builds are finished, and will continue to monitor feedback.

If you’re experiencing performance issues with the latest updates, either with the launch time of the Settings app, or with page navigation, please log feedback to let us know what you’re seeing and if If possible, include a trace of the problem.

7. Add Search in Device Manager. – 380+ votes.

It’s not technically directly related to the Settings app. However, I decided to include it in the list because Device Manager is part of the old Control Panel and users desperately want Microsoft to get rid of it.

Answer from Microsoft:

Thank you for taking the time to share this feedback. At this time we are not planning to invest in this space, however if this plan changes we will consider your request.

8. Do not remove the old control panel – 350+ votes.

A funny one. While most users agree that Windows 11 should have just one Settings app, more than 350 users have voted against the proposal to keep the good old Control Panel in the operating system. It is worth noting that there are reasons to support this view. Some users are unhappy with how Microsoft moves from the Control Panel to Settings—the “modern” implementation of older options sometimes lacks certain features or is less convenient.

Answer from Microsoft:

We have received this feedback.

9. Allow the amount of transparency to be adjusted, not just an on/off switch – 185+ votes.

Answer from Microsoft:

We have received this feedback.

10. Add Screen Time feature. – 70+ votes.

Mobile operating systems and macOS have a built-in feature that lets you see how much time you spend using different apps and set screen time limits. Unfortunately, Windows 11 has no such feature, and the response from Microsoft is not very promising:

We have received this feedback.

These are the most popular feedbacks regarding the Settings app in Windows 11. Do you agree that Microsoft should prioritize them? Maybe Microsoft should focus on other aspects of the Settings app? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Also, upvote feedback from other users or enter your feedback in the Feedback Hub.


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