This is something I really, really missed in Windows 7 - I used to have a Start menu folder that cascaded out into all my standard shortcuts and documents. You can put shortcuts into the start menu (Start -> Right-click "All Programs" -> Open -> create shortcuts in the Start Menu folder), but they get merged into all of the other items in the list, which I found to be underwhelming.
What I eventually ended up doing was creating my own toolbar which I left collapsed - when I click on it I get my own cascading menus - sort of like a customized alternate Start Menu:
Open the start menu, right-click anywhere on the open area on the right, and click on Properties when it pops up. This takes you to the Taskbar and Start Menu properties menu. Click on the Start Menu tab, and click on Customize. Then scroll through the list and select "Display as a link" for all the items you want to see in the right-hand pane of the start menu.
is it possible to route something my "My Recorded TV" to the Z drive (and have it display the new name?
Open up the "Z:" drive so that you can see the "My Recorded TV" folder. Drag the folder over top of the "Start" button (you should see a "Pin to Start Menu" pop-up) and drop it. The folder will now appear on the Start menu.
The problem is that if you click the folder you'll get an Explorer window showing the folder contents rather than a cascading menu. The "Show xxxx as Link" options mentioned by Herr_Koos can only be set for specific Windows items such as Control Panel, I'm not aware of any way to set this for your own folders.
What i meant is when I click on something ie "my recorded TV" or "music" any shortcut to have to mapped to the Z: drive, I tried adding it as a folder in the library but wont work as it cannot be indexed as it is a network location. I know I cna pin stuff to the start menu but that is not what I desire.
Edit: I was able to change the name of "my recorded TV" by right clicking and properities (right now in the start menu it says blah)
What i meant is when I click on something ie "my recorded TV" or "music" any shortcut to have to mapped to the Z: drive
Sorry, but I'm having some trouble understanding what you're trying to describe...
"My Recorded TV" - are these items that you've pinned to the Start menu or are they just folders on your "Z:" drive?
"any shortcut to have mapped to the Z: drive" - are you talking about shortcuts you created by right-clicking on a file and choosing "Create Shortcut"? Where exactly are these shortcuts located - on the Start menu or in a folder somewhere?