Windows 10 21H2 will incorporate Sun valley, the first major design change the operating system has received since its launch. The general appearance will be more modern and sophisticated, very similar to what we already saw with the canceled Windows 10X, with rounded edges and soft tones.
New icons: Task manager and .MSI
The icons of the operating system will also change completely, as we have already seen in the builds of the last weeks. However, we have not yet seen any real image of what the new interface of the system will be like beyond some designs that users have imagined, or small leaks published by Microsoft itself in videos or some guides for developers.
The latest news is found in the Task Manager and in the MSI installation packages, which receive new icons in Windows 10 as dozens of apps and elements of the operating system have already received. Currently, the Task Manager has an icon of a computer, and that on the screen shows a small performance graph. Now, the new icon becomes directly that performance graph, with a flatter design and no shadows.
In the case of the icons for the installers .MSI, the old icon in which a tube monitor was seen next to a computer is left behind, and now we have a flat monitor and a CD in front of it, despite the fact that the CD is not used very little, in a similar way to the icon save is still the one on the floppy disk. However, the finish of the new design is much more modern, and as what we open is clearer, it will not be necessary to enlarge the icons in Windows 10.
Windows wants to improve consistency in Windows 10
One of Microsoft’s goals with Sun Valley is to leave behind many of the operating system icons that have been unchanged since Windows 95 in the Shell32.DLL file. Many of the default icons have been untouched since then, and we already saw a picture of how many of them will change.
And it is that Windows 10, although it has improved its consistency, is an irregular mixture of previous versions of Windows, since we can find elements of Windows 8, 7, XP and even some that come from Windows 95 as is the case of ancient icons. For this reason, Sun Valley will seek to improve the consistency of the interface, although many years will still have to pass to achieve that, with the elimination, for example, of elements such as the Control Panel so that everything becomes available directly from Settings.