Windows 7 has an amazing new taskbar, with an enhanced functionality, while also serving as an application launcher.
However if you dont like it and if you’d like to get the old Windows Vista style quick launch bar back, here is what you need to do:
Right click the taskbar > Toolbars > Click New Toolbar.
In the space Folder, where the cursor is blinking, copy-paste
%userprofile%AppDataRoamingMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch
into this Folder field.
Rt click and customize. ie View > Disable Show Text / Show Title / Select Large icons.
Now drag the quick launch bar to the rt of the Pinned items bar or vice versa.