Make your OS better the easy way
Some people complain that Windows Vista is so loaded with features it hogs their PC's resources. Even worse not all such features work as they should. Here's how to banish the Windows Vista's biggest blunders, because good ideas seldom survive bad execution.
Folders in the Start Menu's Right Pane
Vista's redesigned Start menu added another great place for easily accessing a few important folders: the Start menu's right pane. The icons are big and convenient, and you can set each icon to act as a link or a menu.
But the only folders you can put there are the few that Microsoft permits you to put there (Documents, Music, and so on).
Here are two fixes:
1. Make your special folder an official special folder: You can tell Windows that the folder you really want access to is your photo or music folder, and get it on the pane that way.
2. Use Vista Start Menu: Dennis Nazarenko's free program (there's also a Pro version that costs $20) replaces Windows' Start menu with a larger, more versatile, and - to be honest - ugly alternative. You can control what folders and other items appear on the main menu. Other cool features include keyboard shortcut labels that, by default, are visible only when you bring up the menu with the keyboard. You can download Vista Start Menu here.