Right click on the shortcut icon, and click properties. There should be an option at the bottom to start windows maximized or minimized. Of course, you should know that I could never get it to work in Win98SE, but they seemed to have fixed it in WinME.
I'm using Win98 and IE 5.1 I believe. Well, whatever version is bundled with Win98SE. But this might work for you. Open IE and maximize the window. Open a New window. Maximize it. Now close both windows while they are maximized. It may even be a good idea to reboot at this point. The next time you start IE, the window will be maximized and all New Windows will be also. If you shut it down with the window reduced, it will start that way on the next occasion that you open IE.
That's a good tip, ornery. I found that if I did that, it didn't seem to always work, even though when it would, one of my friends would come along and hit the damn maximize button instead of the x, which would of course take it back to 'normal' mode. You don't even know how bad this pissed me off!!!
Another thing to try, though I don't know if this convention works in 5.5, when you want IE to remember the window size for next time...hold down the CONTROL key when you close the window. It's suppose to force IE to save the window state on exit. Seems to work in 5.01...I've only had to do this once and new windows always open at the proper size...
If you bring it to the desired size manually, by dragging the corner, that position will be remembered. Otherwise, if you use the maximize toggle, it won't. Microsoft said that this was preferred by more people.
Bullsh!t. I'm sure most "people" prefer windows media player 7 as well.
Take the preference out of the morons and give it to the users. I'm surprised they even gave us the option to disable "personalized" menus. God those are almost as annoying as messed up sized IE windows.