Despite protestations from many fronts, Microsoft have seemingly stuck to their guns over the issue of including a classic start menu. There is no sign of such an animal in Windows 7 RC. However, it is possible to almost replicate it, and is what most Classic Menu users are going to have to do and live with until such time as Microsoft relents or some kind code writer comes up with a hack.
There are two links which walk through the process of getting a cascading menu list that I have found so far. I am currently trying out each one to determine personal preference.
It is a pity that, in order to preserve workability, users will have to resort to messy alternatives, but I think that either is better than the mess which is the Windows 7 default menu option..
Windows 7 is almost upon us, and I have been busy sorting out my production machine in readiness for the change. Good luck, everybody.