The only way that I know of is the unity feature in Parallels Desktop. You need to be running windows thoughI remember reading about something last month where you can bring the Windows start menu to your regular Snow Leopard taskbar and stuff. I can't seem to find it.
Butler is another option that basically does this.
I don't know why developers make & people waste resources on their machines to run something OS X can handle out of the box (see my post above).Mac OS X has a Menu Bar and a Dock. What do you mean by Taskbar?
Maybe you've read about virtualization software, which gives you the opportunity to run Windows on your Mac, and one of the methods is to show Windows outside of the VM window.
If not, why would you like to have the Windows taskbar and Start menu in OS X?
Do you mean something like this?
Why would you want your "start menu" to be out of sync with reality?After trying out HimmelBar, I see it does not have the same functionality as Butler.
Butler works like the Start Menu in the sense that you can create, move, delete, etc without affecting the actual applications because it creates aliases inside the program. There is additional stuff in there, but it's easier to try out rather than explain.
macrem's recommendation would not work in this regard either.
It's not a big deal being 'out of sync'. I never have a need to move the original applications, only delete them. And in that case Butler will have an icon indicating the application is missing if that's the case.Why would you want your "start menu" to be out of sync with reality?
It's possible to create a folder, add aliases & add that folder to the Dock with list view.
You can get that in the suggestion I made above except the OP did not like the fact that it's on the Dock instead of the menu bar, so maybe this is more aligned with what s/he wants, but on the Dock it's a bigger target (improved usability) & generally speaking I would make a minor adjustment in my expectation to avoid installing more third party stuff that uses resources.