Windows 10 build 9901: Hands-on with the Settings app

Settings app on Windows 10 build 9901

Windows 10 build 9901 gave us an early look to what Microsoft is planning to detail later in January. More importantly, build 9901 shows us that the software giant is focusing a lot in the Settings app, which will replace the PC settings.

In the latest leak, the Settings app is much improved and there is a new home page grouping the PC settings on logical sections. (The new Settings home page reminds me a lot to what you see today in the Control Panel, which still present, but it looks that eventually it might also get replaced as well.)

Settings app Windows 10 build 9901

Here are the new changes for Settings in build 9901:

Other than the new home page, the user-interface remains intact, but we’re expecting Microsoft to make some more changes in future updates.

Settings now shows a lot more Control Panel functionality, besides all the features we already seen from the Windows Insider and previous leaks, the Settings for Windows 10 build 9901 shows:

Storage Sense: Although, the features isn’t working, but looking at the same feature in Windows Phone. It seems clear that Microsoft will permit users to store new apps and games on different locations, including secondary hard drives and micro SD cards, which will be beneficial for devices with limited space.

Storage Sense settings Windows 10

Background: In the new Personalization page, users will be able to change the desktop background, personalize the lock screen, and change sync settings.

Background options Settings app

Provisioning packages: In the Accounts page Microsoft is also introducing “Provisioning packages”, which seems to be a feature that will allow IT professionals to prepare your device to access your company or school.

Provisioning packages

Closed captioning: Ease of Access now features settings to control closed captioning in Windows 10.

Closed captioning in Windows 10

Personalization and Speech: On the Privacy page for Settings, now includes configurations options, which I can only assume is for Cortana.

Personalization and speech

Location:  The Privacy page also includes a few new settings for location to allow users to change location preferences, show notification when location is being used, and to clear location history.

Location settings

Change branch: On Update & recovery, Preview builds allows users to choose from which branch to download new builds. It’s worth noting that this option only works internally for Microsoft and the company has already stated, that people running the leak build (9901) of Windows 10, won’t be able to update to the next build, as this version has a bug that prevents future installs.

Preview builds: Branch

Backup: On the Update & recovery page, Microsoft is also adding a new Backup option that replaces the File History item. However, the feature still present under the Local backup option. And users can also backup apps data, Start layout, passwords, favorites, and other system settings to OneDrive.

SEE ALSO: Windows 10 build 9901: Hands-on with Cortana running on the desktop

These are all the most noticeable changes for Settings on Windows 10 build 9901, there are a few other items that still new since build 9879, but they already appeared on the previous leak (build 9888) and you can check them here.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and