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Is it possible to copy and paste inside a Remote Desktop Connection session?

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For future readers, if none of the answers below helps, you can always rely on SSH. What I did is I install Bitvise ssh server on my server and the Bitvise SSH client in my PC. Then voila I can copy-paste FILES from and to my server. Bitvise is only free for personal use though. –  null Apr 9 at 7:38
@null that is not helpful if someone just needs RDP fixed. If the fix on this page doesn't help, you can kill/restart the rdpclip process: gfi.com/blog/… –  degenerate Jun 22 at 0:47

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Assuming you're talking about Windows Remote Desktop Connection — before you hit Connect, click Options to expand the RDP connection window.

  • Click the Local Resources tab. Under Local devices and resources, click More.

  • In the new window, click Drives. Click OK to close.

  • Go back to General tab and click Save to save the settings for next time.

Barring any weird settings on the server side, you should be good to go.

Screenshot of invoking the options in the connection dialog for Remote Desktop Connection

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Pretty much follow the same steps as technie007 suggests, but also notes the clipboard option. –  huggie Jan 14 '10 at 7:06
This solution solved my problem but I don't like it. I don't want to give the remote computer (read/write) access to the whole drive(s). –  Isaac Dec 6 '12 at 14:57
That is definitely a cleaner interface than copy-pasting through the rdp session, though it also verified my worry that the reason the other method didn't work is that this particular vpn connection just really doesn't like copying files. >.> –  neminem Dec 19 '14 at 19:25
If you try this and it still doesn't work, you might need to kill and restart the rdpclip process. See here: gfi.com/blog/… –  degenerate Jun 22 at 0:47
@degenerate, Weird, I don't see a rdpclip process anywhere on the client. Which Windows are you using? –  Pacerier yesterday

Even when you have the "Clipboard" option enabled, you may still have problems!

If that's the case, use Task Manager to kill and restart the rdpclip.exe process on local and remote machines.

More details on this blog post

The only way I really knew to fix the clipboard transfer was to close my session and restart it. That meant closing the tools I was using like Visual Studio, Management Studio and the other ancillary processes I have running as I work and then restarting all of it just to restore the clipboard. But today I found a good link on the Terminal Services Blog explaining that what is really happening. The clipboard viewer chain is somehow becoming unresponsive on the local or remote system and events on the clipboards are not being relayed between systems. It is not necessarily a lock being put in place but some sort of failed data transmission. It then goes on to explain the 2 steps you can take to restore the clipboard without restarting your session.

Use Task Manager to kill the rdpclip.exe process
Run rdpclip.exe to restart it

… and a pretty ridculous "explanation" from Microsoft.

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I actually found restarting rdpclip.exe on both the client machine and the remote machine worked, the accepted answer didn't help me. Up voting your answer. –  Shane May 5 '11 at 20:25
Up until now, I have tried everything but this. This worked for me. Client: Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Server: Windows Server 2012 x64. Thanks –  Seany84 Sep 18 '13 at 10:32
This worked for me. RDP from Win 7 Professional x64 machine to Win 7 Enterprise x64 VM –  ocean4dream Jul 25 '14 at 2:32
This should be the accepted answer. It's what actually solves the problem. –  degenerate Dec 8 '14 at 1:23
This solved my problem...exact same problem....i kill the process and start the process again with administrative privileges and it works like a charm. –  Hackerman May 18 at 20:30

Note that if you're copy-pasting files, drag and drop might not work, you need to use Ctrl+C / Ctrl+V.

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How to enable drag-and-drop too? –  Pacerier yesterday

if you are SuperUser (Adminisitrator) on the Remote Computer do the followings;

  1. Click Start
  2. Administrative Tools
  3. Terminal Services
  4. Terminal Services Configuration
  5. Double click RDP-Tcp connection under Connections
  6. Click Client Settings
  7. Uncheck Clipboard under Redirection (if it is checked that means it is disabled)

This may solve your problem which solved mine.

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