carguy84 - 11:48 pm on Jun 4, 2010 (gmt 0)
dreamcatcher and gomvents, 7 Taskbar Tweaker (free - no affiliation) is the utility you need. It allows you to customize how the programs are grouped (or not grouped) on the taskbar. It also allows you to get rid of the thumbnails and the Windows 7 right click menu (and use the XP version).
That plus manually adding in my quick launch to Win 7 has me back to feeling at home.
I don't really use the Start Menu save for the search feature. If I need an application open I either have it in my quick launch or just search for it.