So, after solving part of the mystery surrounding the Quick Launch in Windows 7 to restore at least some of the functionality that MS decided to strip, the Quick Launch keeps disappearing. Reboot once and everything appears to be fine. Reboot any more times and things randomly go foobar.
The first problem to overcome was that the language bar when minimized onto the taskbar would prevent the Quick Launch from being relocated next to the start button. I was finally able to resolve this by restoring the language bar so it was off the taskbar and then moving the Quick Launch to its traditional place. Fine. Of course I also moved the icons around to be most efficient for me but now the Quick Launch disappears any time after the second reboot. Why? …
Anywho, here is a screenshot of how it should look (click to see original resolution):