I love you (in a manly, sports-hug, platonic way of course)!!!
The lack of Quick Launch was driving me crazy and had me nearly about to ask my IT group to put me back on XP. I was mistaking those stupid "pinned programs" as QL.
My Windows 7 is a brand new config (build 7600). Your steps worked perfect for me and I am VERY grateful for this thread.
Now if I can just find a solution to my #1 annoyance: Huddled Icons (not group similiar, but huddled). I want to have multiple instances of the same program running but NOT have them stay huddled together on the bar. I want to move them around like I could under XP. i.e. have an Explorer window or 2, then a browser, then my text editor, then another explorer or 2, another browser, etc... My search continues.
Thank you so much!