Are you sometimes annoyed of clicking through your program menu until you finally find the application that you want to start? No, you say, because you have all the links on your desktop or created dozens of quickstart icons. What kind of a mess is that? I suggest you try Launchy. It’s freely availyble at http://www.launchy.net/ and will speed up your daily work.
So, what is Launchy? It’s an “Open Source Keystroke Launcher for Windows”. The tool indexes all your programs while running in the background.