Win 10 is just as "desktopcentric" OS as all other ones were and works best on desktops. Everything else is just looks and means to use it on other devices and they are not prerequisite to use on desktop machine. Any changes to Control panel, start menu etc. are just normal development and do not hinder usability on desktops. They might be a bit confusing to people used to old ways but in a year or so old ways will be forgotten. I already have to think hard when I run into a W7 computer and even more with an XP.
Before we start comparing win 10 with, say, win 7 we should spend the time to find out where MS is headed and the principles behind their strategy and implementation guidelines. Go here WPC 2015 live stream - Windows 10 Forums. It takes some time but it is well worthwhile. MS has to be interested in the corporate world not an individual sitting at home (like me!). I was particularly impressed with the emphasis on security. How can this not be important in the hacker world we now live in?
Older versions of windows cannot take MS into the future so worrying about cosmetics, and whether the control pane will disappear, are just so irrelevant.
If you are happy with what older versions give you, by all means keep using them. Criticising win 10 because it doesn't look like win 7 is just a waste of time. If this is important to you, just ignore win 10 and get on with your life.
I am going with the new vision and am looking forward to being a participant rather than harking back to the "Golden Era" that never existed.
However, in Tablet mode in 10 I lose keyboard snapping functionality. Touch-snapping works with mouse, but not the keyboard.
I didn't think I'd like 10 when introduced at first, but I'm warming up to it. There are other great features I'm enjoying.
I like your reference of "classical PC" as well.
They're desktop apps now that they run on the desktop screen.Even Apps can also be considered desktop programs when you look at it that way. Ability to run them on desktop computers as well as on portable devices makes them even better deal once (if ever) they are properly made.
90% of time I'm using a desktop (in my case tower but there are many horizontal box PCs) same way as I always did before, win10 or another ones since DOS and even before with Atari etc. That's why I consider 10 as primarily desktop environment. That last remaining percent are some Apps of which hopefully will be more noteworthy ones in near future. I don't discriminate, as long as SW works and does what I need and want, I'll use it. Looking forward to a reason to get a tablet and will get a windows phone soon. Having same App used on all devices could be a great advantage.