In order to run a certain "visual studio" compiler interface, I have to use a windows XP virtual machine; very well. When it comes time to perform a backup of the files on the computer, I am plagued by file Windows XP Mode.vhd being backed up, it being over 2GB in size. The backup software does offer to avoid cache files, etc. which I want, and can also be directed to avoid named files, but this last has to be done every time.
I would like to have this file deleted at the end of my virtual machine run, of course after any file changes have been forwarded to my normal (non-virtual) usage of the c: drive. Normally I do nothing, and indeed, the new versions of the compiled prog. appear for normal use outside the VM even as the VM continues. I don't understand why this file can't just vanish at the end of a VM session, and be recreated at the start of the next as a fresh file, of no-difference. Is there perhaps some obscure option that I missed in the installation of the virtual windows system?