The Vista Start Menu Emulator programs (ViStart, etc.) are good for people that enjoy the Vista Start Menu. I have searched endlessly for an XP Start Menu Emulator to no avail.
Hopefully someone on here can help.
What I am looking for is simply a start menu for Vista that emulates parts of the XP Start Menu. There was one change to the Vista start menu, that I found to be positive, and that is the search feature.
There was one change though, I found to be bad, even annoying at times. That change, is the all programs list no longer expands out but rather appears in the start menu itself, with a scroll bar. This may be fine on large screens, but the only time I use Vista is on a 14.1 laptop.
A start menu that can successfully replace the current start menu (similar to what ViStart does for XP). The start menu would have all the features of the Vista start menu [search, ability to choose what is the menu (computer, serach, documents, number of recent programs, etc)], EXCEPT, all programs would expand out. I would find this to be very helpful, as I believe others would too.
It would also be nice if the start menu emulator would change with the theme chose on Vista, but for now that is just icing on the cake.
I myself can program a few different languages (C/C++, Java, Ada, VB, and some scripts) but have no experience, no how, starting point, etc. when it comes to applications such as a start menu emulator, my only guess is that it would be a Win 32 application.
If anyone has any input, has happen to find a program that does this, or if someone would is thinking of starting a project to do this, give some feedback.