No need to change the start menu or use external programs.
Go into explorer and change it to show system files. Then right click the taskbar and select 'Toolbars' > 'New Toolbar'. The browse to 'Documents and Settings' > 'All Users' > 'Start Menu' and select 'Programs'
You will now have a handy little fly out menu on your taskbar with all your programs, just like the old XP start menu!