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Custom views disappear migrating from Outlook 200 to Outlook XP

I have a user who recently received a new PC and Outlook XP.
On his old PC he was using Outlook 2000 and he had many custom views.

Now the custom views are not on his new PC.  I thought that custom views were stored on the Exchange server.  At least it is true that they are in Outlook 2003.
He went to his old PC and the views are gone!

I would like any information on :

1)  Are custom views stored on the Exchange server?
2)  Can custom views be restored by doing a restore?  Can they then be exported and imported?
3)  Is there a disconnect or problem moving to a new client and using custom views?  
4)  Why did his custom views disappear?

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They are stored in the hidden file:  views.dat  on the local machine.
One additional note,  only the custom views are stored in views.dat.
If no custom views have been created, the file will not be created.

Simply move the file to the proper location and all should be well.
TaraCAuthor Commented:
Actually the views are stored on the Exchange server in the IPM_COMMON_VIEWS which is viewable with MDBVu32.
I found an article at www.windowsitpro.com InstantDoc 8650 that talks about how to backup views and restore them.

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