If Classic Shell wasn't your cup of tea, then maybe ViStart would suit your tastes better. Like Classic Shell it's a Start Menu replacement. ViStart emulates the Vista Start Menu so it makes your Windows look and feel just a tad closer to Windows Vista than 7.
The downside is it doesn't seem to disable the hot corner at this time so if you overshot it with your mouse, you just might find yourself at the new Start Screen instead.
ViStart comes with some extra baggage (Babylon toolbar, RegClean Pro). Install them or not, it's up to you. Declining doesn't seem to have any impact on the menu functionality.
Classic Shell: Take back your Windows Start Menu