True Launch Bar for $20.
True Launch Bar Superior replacement for standard Quick Launch
I create a few icons in TLB, drag and drop my desktop shortcuts into them and can easily launch whatever program I want.
As for the Start menu for Win10, it works fine. It is just that (like 3rd party Start Button replacements) most people don't realize that the app box flyout can be completely emptied, turning the Start Menu into something that is close to the original. It still lacks enough that third party replacements will be handy.