Well before I go any further I know that sometimes you don't get what you want but you get what you need, but if you don't ask, you get nothing.
Windows to explain itself.
Windows & F1 key combination to show a HUD with the names of the parts of the screen. This will allow people to articulate the proper name(s) for the problem they are having, to both help themselves in searches and when calling me.
Windows 8.1 to detect the mouse and start at the Windows desktop.
The modern user interface works when you have a passive touch screen (see passive vs active touch later) but not so well when there is only a mouse. It would be better to start at the Windows UI when no passive touch is detected.
To get off WinXP.
To sell an OS to business you have to sell it first to the consumer. That being the case I want Windows Next to take advantage of sensors to know when I am there and respond "encouragingly". Its corny, but I want to have an interactive experience with my computer, instead of just commands. When it detects that I am there, light up, change colour, and/or respond in an affirmative fashion. Also allow me to turn it off or scale it right back for work.
Windows 9 to use Active Touch instead of Passive Touch.
Passive touch is where the screen senses the finger and responds; where as active touch (touchy-feeling as I like to think of it) is where electrostatic pulses of electricity emit to the finger so that both you and the screen both sense the interaction. What this allows, is for you to feel the close button but not have to press it; feel the edge of the window but not have to drag it; gives you the pixel perfect input to be efficient, etc. Now back to the point with Win8, passive touch only works well on kiosk or single page applications (ie. iOS, android.) or on small screens where you have to page to each other screen; basically a fixed size area. Win8 on the other hand does a side scroller, which is another form of a view *into* (aka Windows) the area. One of the unfortunate side effects, is that since you conceptually understand you are viewing *into* something, you want to but can't scroll in both directions. This is intuitively uncomfortable. Another adverse side effect is the wasted space above and below the side scroll area. (one can only zoom so much). This then leads to a design of only flat levels and scroll right to infinity. Therefore one gets overwhelmed by having to reading each tile or first of the group as the number of tiles increase. (Just watch how people muck up 1+1-1*0-1+1 calcs when there are >7 numbers) Your brain can better process hierarchy of data levels (groups of items <= 7).
To get enthused again in programming .NET.
We're all busy and as you get older (especially with kids), it's even harder to self motivate. So I want to change how I learn things to be like role playing games. Since I can't get and do it myself (in basics) I want to create a website that asks people to create programs to complete a task, then have peers of that level and above review the program and either pass or fail it with the top 10 becoming examples. One increases in levels after reviewing a certain number and passing their own level tests. That way I have a lot of people I can get help with a specific problem, work together with and know for sure that a level 50 Jon Skeet isn't really Chuck Norris.
Reinvent the idea of username/password logins.
Authenta-Key as I like to call it, is the idea that user name/password is only good for computers to break. Why can't the way the user enters the password be part of the authorisation process? That way one can choose from multiple login methods how they want to access and the password will never be the same. My password can be 5 "a"'s but to the tune in my head, so it's the stats over time in how I enter it that's recorded. Search the name for more details.
Reading through 50 pages of 20 comments per page is not going to happen. Comments that get votes or have sub comments should pop up to the top list and others should have to be searched down from them. One top comment should always be "Rants" as sometimes people just want to vent. This way ones time is better spent with comments that make a difference.
That's enough for now as it went a bit longer than expected. Though, what do you want if you only just needed to ask.