Ha, thanks for welcomes and the info.
Brink, I tried your solution.
It's halfway, but not quite
Although the start menu is lower, still the system tray icons are at the bottom.
Furthermore when you click your alternative start button, the menu appears at the original start button location. (top)
But I appreciate the work around
For other users that would like to see for themselves.
The start menu.exe
can be downloaded folowing this
Think I need to create a feature request at Microsoft