First up, this is not a thread in which to argue the merits/demerits of the current 7 start menu. You either love it or not. What I want to 'try' and achieve is making the existing menu smaller.
If you were a fan of skinning XP, you will undoubtedly have come across skins like hmmxp, Classix, Xtensis... all of these themes, and many others, had one feature in common, you could have a 'full' or 'compact' start menu.
My quest is to try and recreate the 'compact' menu in windows 7.
May I politely request that you don't post if all you want to do is tell me the current start menu is wonderful.