I have no idea what you are complaining about.. I love the Windows 7 startbar and is hands-down the best startbar they have ever created. it's quick, pleasant on the eyes, and accomplishes the needed tasks (pinned items, most recent used, and easy access to CP/My Computer/local docs)
Using VBScripts, batch files or registry scripts, let you make serious changes to the OS without any tedium at all. Just run the program.....job done.
I've gathered quite a library of them to assist me in setting up new PC's. It would take an hour to manually do what I can get done in about 30 seconds.
The "Take Ownership" script was/is a real Life Saver.