With Vista, it is very convenient to use the 'Start Search' menu in Start button (it's not 'start' button any more). Just press the window key and start typing -- it'll find applications, email, docs, etc. (There are many freeware programs do this in XP, by the way).
But I have too many applications, and with XP, I usually organize the "Programs" menu; put all the CD/DVD utilities in a folder, and so on. That way, I can quickly find the application I need. With the Vista's 'Start Search' feature, it's only useful if I remember at least partial name of an application to find it.
I can still go back to 'classic' menu and organize 'Programs' folder in Start menu, but then I lose this 'Start Search' feature of Vista. How can I keep both? I've found this little utility from snapfiles.com, called "TrayBar."
This is exactly what I wanted! (The screenshot shows XP, but it supports Vista, and I run it on my Vista home premium fine.)
Just uncompress it, and run. No need to install. I usually put applications that don't need to be installed in c:\bin\ directory, by the way.
I have added several applications in "Start Menu", and also in sidebar's launcher gadget. But they can only have several apps. With this app, I can list all of my applications, grouped by folders.