Microsoft is Damned no matter what they do. They will piss off people no matter what choice they make. So frankly, it doesn't matter if X% of people think Windows should have something because X% will say it shouldn't have it, or it should be done a totally different way. That's one reason why Internet Explorer has not been "best in class" or why their anti-virus doesn't have every bell and whistle. It does the basic job.
What I find the most amusing, however, is that you don't recognize the irony here... You are so vehemently arguing that the majority of users should not have to put up with something that only a small percentage of users would need... yet you are also demanding that MS make Windows explorer have features that only a small number of users would want or need, and want to force them on everyone else as well. It seems that when it suits you, the few are more important than the many
My experience is different. I show people how to use search to find what they want in microseconds. They are amazed. Then I tell them that this existed in Windows 7, and when they use Windows 7 they use that instead of the menu because it's so much faster. I show people that the Windows key is all they need for most things with the OS.
If someone complains about not knowing how to shut down the computer, I ask them... How do you shut off your TV? Your Car? Phone? Your Stereo? Your Lights? Pretty much every single electronic device that you regularly turn on and off? The same way you turn it on. Well, you do it the same with Windows. You just press the power button on the front of your computer and it shuts down gracefully, just as it has for at least 15 years.... which people still can't seem to understand.
20 years ago, someone, somewhere said "Don't shut down your computer with the power button, it will do bad things" and this fear has perpetuated ever since, even though that problem was fixed more than 15 years ago with the advent of ACPI power switches.
I'll say it in big loud letters. YOU DON'T HAVE TO SHUT OFF YOUR COMPUTER THROUGH THE USER INTERFACE. In fact, a computer is literally just about the only electronic thing on the planet in which people insist on doing it this way... why?