Put your program paths in windows xp system variables. Then you can start your favourite program by Start > Run.. > Program + Enter
or windows key + R > Program + Enter

Instructions:

  1. Press Start button
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click System
  4. Go to tab "Advanced"
  5. Click "Environment variables" button
  6. Find Path in system variables window
  7. Select Path and click "Edit" button
  8. Add your favourite program paths
  9. Put a ";" between paths

Do not remove any paths.

Now, to run a program REALLY fast:

  1. Press Windows key + R
  2. Type program name + Enter