Re: Everything, except what we really want
(1) Complete removal of all tracking;
No, An opt in for tracking. For those that don't mind sharing a little data that may help debugging and improvement. I agree it's not what some may want to keep it but make it all opt in.
(2) A logical and proper start menu;
We have that. It works fine for me. I see people with massive over complex start menus and have since XP. Just keep it simple and tidy and it works fine. I see people complain about the start menu being unmanageable and then have 4 dozen icons on the desktop. It's simple and many people - remember most windows users are not power users - like that.
(3) The option for full Aero support;
Why? It was one of the worst parts of 7. I never wanted my desktop to be all shiny and glassy. I want it more simple. And so do others. Look at many Linux themes and OSx going away from this look now it's not trendy.
(4) Permanent banishment of the ribbon and an apology for placing it everywhere;
Most end users are either so used to the ribbon they either don't care or don't notice. It's actually a quite nice way of denoting and grouping functionality in a way that traditional toolbars don't allow.
(5) The ability to control when we install updates and which ones to install;
Agreed. Again the auto updating should have been opt-in like the telemetry.
(6) The return of a pre-boot F8 so I don't have to wait for 3 unsuccessful boots or hold down shift and restart just to get to a recovery console;
You know - I've not had to use this for so long I never noticed. But yes, if it went away they should put it back. Handy for when it's required.
(7) and STOP HIDING SYSTEM RESTORE!
erm. Settings. Type System Restore into the search box and the two entries for creating a point and restoring a point appear below. That's hardly hidden.