Also, another difference I have is that unlike you, I prefer to keep my taskbar free from clutter, so pinning things to my taskbar is completely useless to me. I don't need quick links in my start menu to commonly used programs because...that's what I use desktop icons for. So now here is an area where my biggest gripe with 7 (feeling boxed in to a specific way of interacting with the OS) comes into play: I can choose to not use quick-links in the start menu, but then I'm basically left with a big unused white area of the start menu. It's obvious that 7 meant for you to use that area for quick-links (and/or commonly accessed programs), and nothing else. If you don't want to use them? Or if you find that their function is needlessly repetitive due to similar ways of getting the same functionality within the OS (by using desktop shortcuts or pinning to task bar)? You get stuck with a "not-how-it-was-meant-to-be-used" os. And that is very frustrating and alienating for me.