Creating LEAN_AND_MEAN Virtual Hard Disk (.vhd) Files

Not so recently I discovered a way that can significantly reduce VHD file sizes: I was able to reduce the sizes of all my VHDs down to 100MB or less bigger than what their guest operating systems report. Just today I compacted a Japanese Windows XP SP2 VHD  with a OS reported size of 1.70GB to 1.72GB, whereas the standard procedure…

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