There are two RDP clients for Windows 10:

  • the old Remote Desktop Connection client (built-in)
  • the newer Remote Desktop client (windows store).

While I have no trouble to copy and paste files around with the old client, I cannot manage to do the same thing with the newer client. How do I copy and paste files between machines with the Remote Desktop app?

  • While the clients are similar they are not identical, are you sure it's even a feature, of the client? – Ramhound Aug 17 '17 at 13:35
  • I just tested it and it seems to be impossible. – John Stoneman Aug 17 '17 at 13:42
  • How big are the files you're trying to copy? From personal expierence, the best way to copy files trough RDP sessions is by mapping your local drive and copy to or from there – Smeerpijp Aug 17 '17 at 14:19

I've tested this myself and it doesn't work here either.

According to Microsoft here, it's not possible. You can copy-paste text between sessions, but not files. Their proposed solution is using the old application, Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection.


As already pointed out, this functionality is not currently available in the 'Universal App' - this is, apparently, largely down to the Sandbox nature of Windows Universal Apps.

You can however C&P plain text - just not files & folders.

There is a full, official, comparison between the apps available here


You can use administrative share to access remote drive. From run menu 'Win key + R' enter \\<ComputerName>\<DiskVolumeName>$ where as “<ComputerName>” put the name of the computer with the Admin Shares enabled on it (e.g. “Computer01”) and as “<DiskVolumeName>” put the name of the volume that you want to access, (e.g. “C$” = Disk Volume C:\ , “D$” = Disk Volume D:\, etc.)


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  • This answer doesn't apply to the new client which OP inquired about. – Haukman Aug 9 '18 at 23:43

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