It’s no longer a secret that Microsoft is actively working to remove old components from Windows 10 and move them to Settings. Most often this concerns the control panel, but this time the turn came to the device manager.
The popular option to update drivers is gone, instead users will have to navigate to Settings. These updates make Windows 10 simpler, but often at the expense of professional features. The latest victim of this trend is the Device Manager – now users will not be able to find the popular automatic driver update option in it.
Device manager: option to update drivers disappears
Any more or less advanced Windows user knows that when the hardware starts acting up, drivers are often to blame. Until now, it was enough to select the appropriate device in the Device Manager and check for driver updates. Now this is not the case – there is no longer an automatic online search for drivers in the device manager. From now on, with this tool, the computer will only be able to search for drivers that have already been downloaded, so you will first need to find the necessary file yourself on the Internet.
Those who are looking for driver updates for their computer’s hardware devices will now have to look in the “Options” section for the so-called “Additional Updates”. There you will see a clearly visible list of updates, in which you can choose which one you want to install.
This change is not limited to a few Insider releases, and can be seen in the final version of Windows 10 2004. Anyone who installed the May Update and now turns to the driver search in the manager will only be able to search for drivers on the local drive.
Farewell, control panel?
The Control Panel in previous versions of Windows consolidated all the configuration options and system settings, now more and more of them are migrating to the “Settings” section. These include, for example, basic computer information that was previously available by clicking the System button in Control Panel. If you try to do this now, you will be redirected to the appropriate page in the Options section. And this trend will continue: in the preview version of Windows 10 21H1, DNS settings have also moved from the panel to the settings.
In addition, it became known that Microsoft is going to pull other old-fashioned tools from the “dusty boxes” and send them to the “Settings” too. Disk Management, which has been around for years, can now be found in Settings in the Insider Preview in a somewhat stripped-down form. Now this option will become easier to use, but at the same time it will lose some important functions, such as partition formatting.
It’s understandable that Microsoft is modernizing ancient components like disk management or driver updates – that’s what many users wanted. The problem is that useful features are often lost when moving. And the only way out of this situation is to switch to third-party tools. No wonder programs like Cleanmgr+, which recreate old Windows features, are so popular. Microsoft must be extremely careful not to lose its trusted users over the years by trying to modernize and simplify everything.
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