As a poor Windows/Linux user I miss out on many of the joys of Mac OS X simply because I’m too cheap to buy yet another computer. However I have borrowed one of the better GUI (Graphical User Interface: Geek for what you see on the screen) elements that OS X has made popular. I refer of course to the Dock. I find it to be a useful (well and pretty) way to organize my shortcuts. Here are the two free docks for windows that I use:
I install this one on all my desktops. It gives you lots of options (via right click on the dock) and has been very stable for me.
The reason I use this one is for its portability, it doesn’t take as many system resources as Stardock and it can be run from a USB thumbdrive.