I only recently noticed the mute button on my laptop was powerless when logged out/screensaver and it bugged the hell out of me (and my wife!), though I blamed HP!
Great to hear you guys are now focusing on a bit of 'bling' instead of pure mechanics as in Vista, though that was abviously a neccessary process to move further ahead of competing systems - its just that the majority of users have no idea how much work was
done and for what.
Once Windows 7 is in the wild, the world will realise what Vista was all about and how superior it was.