Well, I actually like wifi to be on instantly, as I have lots of apps and gadgets that depend on it (traffic, calendar, email, etc.).
As for hardware detection, does that mean another OS for portable devices (tablets, notebooks, other docking PCs)? I mean, it's important (for me) for the device to be able to detect hardware changes as it is undocked, docked in different stations. Even after resume from sleep/hibernation. Win7 (or CF) screws up that from time to time. I have a docking station at the office with mouse and a dedicated keyboard, another at the kitchen with one portable keyboard/pointing stick thing, and now another dock in the car with HD radio and space navigator/no keyboard. More importantantly in the car I have another screen and (edit: external sound card), and sometimes I have to reboot because CF/RR do not recognize some of that if it just wakes up (even when win7 is fine with it).
I don't know why hardware detection is such a big deal, but apparently it is.