On the new toolbar that is opened,do a right click, and uncheck the two lines: "Show text" and "display the title.
From there simply bring your new Quick Launch bar closest to the "start menu" button.
After this small change, Windows will automatically find the Quick Launch toolbar
as it was on Windows Vista, with shortcuts to display the desktop, switch between windows, Internet Explorer (and others you can add later).
If necessary, this change is reversible with a simple:
Right click on the taskbar -> Toolbars -> uncheck "Quick Launch"