If you are still one of those who prefer the All Programs in Start Menu the Windows XP way, where All Programs list used to expands out, instead of the Vista way, where the All Programs appeared in the Start Menu itself, with a scroll bar, this post may interest you.
While one can invariably switch to the Classic Start Menu through the Taskbar and Start Menu properties, you won’t get the Vista look.
Display XP style All Programs in Windows 7 Start Menu
First, disable showing of, of the Pictures Folder & Music Folder. To do this, right-click on ‘Start’ Menu and select the ‘Properties’ option.
Next, hit the ‘Customize’ tab displayed under the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window.
Then, under the ‘Customize Start Menu’ screen, check the ‘Don’t display this item/s’ option.
Next download any one of the following VBS scripts FOR XP from Kellys-Korner. These scripts are for XP but can be made to work for Vista too. You have to decide which folder, the Pictures folder, or the Music folder you use less. Accordingly you will have to download and use the script to replace that folder.
Download a script from Kelly’s Korner and follow the procedure laid out in this post on how to display your Preferred Folders in Windows 7 Start Menu. But enter the following path in the space provided.
Click OK. Reboot.
Now click open the Start Menu > Right Click > Properties > Start menu > Customize > Display this (ie Pictures or the Music folder) item/s AS MENU > Apply > OK.
Your Windows 7 or Windows Vista Start Menu will display the Vista Start Menu All Programs, XP Style … sort of!