|Not really sure why you feel this is a hardware question, but...here's hows in XP (from Windows XP Help no less):|
To add selected items to the Start menu
Right-click the Start button, and then click Properties.
On the Start Menu tab, under Classic Start menu, click Customize.
Under Advanced Start menu options, select the check boxes for the items you want to appear on the Classic Start menu.
The next time you click Start, the items you selected are on the Classic Start menu.
You can remove an item from the Start menu by clearing its check box in the last step of this procedure.
I've never worked with Vista, but I would say if the above doesn't work, then look in Vista Help and Support. That's what it's there for.