Start with http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=251340
But I find it not to be an acceptable answer to everyone, but at least it did work.
On my old Win 98 PC Outlook 2000 started minimized and in the calendar view. On my new Win XP PC Outlook starts in half screen mode on the personal folders page. I have the Outlook shortcut in the startup folder set for "start minimized" but that didn't do the trick. Any suggestions will be appreciated.