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I am running Virtual PC 2007, build with a Windows 7 Ultimate guest OS. I am using the VM to test configurations for clients before shipping them the files. There is one file that when I drag and drop from the VM to my host computer, the file is incorrect. Specifically, it is a version of the file time stamped approximately 2 weeks ago. This file is the configuration file for a Windows service that my company built. Other files copy out of the VM without any issues.

Here are some of the things I have tried and the results:

  • Disabled the Windows service, rebooted the VM and attempted to copy the file. Failure.
  • Copied and pasted the file inside the VM and then attempted to copy the (differently named) file. Success.
  • Renamed the directory containing the file and attempted to copy the file. Success.

Obviously, I have found some workarounds to get data out of the VM. I am uncomfortable with Virtual PC not properly updating the file and it has already bit me with a customer.

Any ideas as to what is going on here?

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Any chance you are running on a snapshot but copying the file form the original vhd? –  uSlackr May 17 '11 at 14:34
Unfortunately, no. There are no snapshots or undo disks on this VM. –  Jason Z May 17 '11 at 14:36
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