First off... the difference between the Start Menu on XP and before versus Windows Vista and 7 is significant enough that going back and forth between THOSE two platforms I find myself doing the...
Open Start... go to All Programs... Hover the mouse up and down through the menus scanning for where the app is... several times. Is it an icon that sits right in the top level of Start -> All Programs? Or is it a sub folder off of that? Oh, there it is. I've got it. Except, my mouse moves a little as I go to click the icon for the app and the sub-folder's icon list window disappears, and everything shuts back down to the start menu. Ok... start all over from the beginning. Wash-rinse-repeat.
That is on a Windows XP machine. I go to a Vista or Windows 7 machine, and everything has been moved around... but still has all the same problems I described here with searching through a bunch of tiny icons to find where what I want is located to only have it disappear if the mouse jerks even a little bit.
The Start Menu is dead. Long live the Start Screen.
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