What about new types of tiles in Windows
What you think about "configuration" tiles, which couldn't open in full screen. Tile only for functions, which for example users could create in setting pane in Start with limited options for pin.
Something like this (its only example without any design):
or this (with context menu, but, certainly, not so ugly:
It could be wide or small too of course.
Wi-fi, bluetooth, airplane mode, brightness, screen lock and other - all of its now is in more than one click or tap for users, even in 8.1
(Shutdown, restart and sleep too, but we can create shortcuts of it)
Sorry for my english and design in copy-paste style