As the search functionality on the new workstation sometimes gets stuck for ~10 seconds, effectively making it useless most of the time, I was back to searching for a custom launcher.
Fortunately, this category of programs is not forgotten. On the contrary - it is very well live and kickin'.
I used to be a fan of SlickRun but, over time, I simply utilized Windows start menu more by adding custom shortcuts. This was a hassle but similar to setting up SlickRun. So, no real benefits there.
Now I found a great new contender - Launchy. It has a great balance of ease of use, performance, and features offered.
Read more here or check the web site: Launchy: The Open Source Keystroke Launcher