I do feel where you coming from. I have always preferred classic Windows 98 UI. But in the ends it's the usability that should matter the most. So far with less than 32 programs the new start menu is actually faster than the classic one. The problem comes in when you regularly use more than 32 applications. Then you actually have to use the search box feature which takes more time than classic pre-windows 7 start menu, especially when you don't remember the software that you were using.