I'm making the transition from XP to Win7. So far so good - I have the quick launch where I want it, I have things mostly set the way I want. I even have the task bar tamed to do mostly what I want. I even found a tweakui replacement. I'm still struggling with the Start menu. I used the classic start menu in XP, and I absolutely hate what they did to it in Vista, and I hate even more the fact that there is no classic mode in Win7. (They did the same thing in KDE, and you should see all of the fallout on that one - many Linux users are outraged at the KDE devs making KDE work like Windows, but that is another story...) I can, however, live with it, but there are two things I would very much like to do: 1) When you pressed Start-Programs in XP classic mode, all of your programs would expand outwards across the desktop, taking up as much room as needed. This is especially useful if you had a lot of entries. In Win7, it appears that the Programs menu is limited to a small rectangular area, and I really hate that. Is there any way to get the Programs menu to expand out? Control Panel, networks, admin tools, etc., are on the right side of the start menu dialog, and expand outwards. How can I place Programs there also, otherwise get Programs menu to expand outwards across the desktop? edit: AFAICT, this is just the way Microsoft wants us to work, never mind all of the people that liked the old way better. So - any recommendations for third party utilities that restore classic start menu functionality? I've seen a few, but don't know much about which ones work good, which ones to avoid. 2) When you pressed Start followed by a letter in XP classic mode, any directory under Start Menu that started with that letter would open up outwards. In Win7, Start followed by any letter brings up a search dialog so it can search on what you type. Is there any way to revert this behavior? I had quite a few shortcuts on the start menu so that I could go Start-><some letter><some letter>, and quickly get to a lot of things that I did on a regular basis without having to touch the mouse. I would be very happy if I could get Win7 to do the same thing.