Wow I love parallels... so good. I just discovered that if you click the parallels icon in the dock the windows start menu comes up! I don't even need to display the explorer taskbar anymore. An idea - since an animated Mac dock sort of interferes with the start menu when you click on the Parallels icon - AND if there is an open window in the preview of the parallels icon in the dock it can be tricky to get the start menu to come up... Why not add an OSX menubar icon that looks like a Windows logo and when you click on it the Windows start menu is invoked there? Just like when you have the windows taskbar docked on top?