Windows Start Menu Companion is a tool that helps you all day. You can sort your applications into the provided or user defined repositories and run them from there with command line support. Explore your drives, launch control panel items, read feeds and last but not least keep notes is all packed into one single piece of free software.
This is the beta version which is currently under development and contains most of the functionality which is desired in the full version
The full version will be released "when its done", but development has gone strong the last months.