When I copy a file from Windows Remote Desktop to my local machine, if I click on Ctrl-C (copy to clipboard) or copy to clipboard with mouse, the file copy aborts!

The message box says "Error Copying File or Folder" and "Unspecified error":

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The file is large and I can't restrain myself from copying to clipboard for so long :)

Any fix to this problem or other recommended workaround?

  • Found related - superuser.com/questions/1290207/… – sashoalm Mar 20 at 6:30
  • This is not a bug - on Windows Ctrl+C is supposed to stop the current operation. Please tell how you are copying the file and the text, whether in the RDP session or on the client computer, to see if we can come up with a workaround. – harrymc Mar 20 at 14:09
  • I'm on Windows 10 though and this still happens. – sashoalm Mar 21 at 10:56
  • @sashoalm: Please give an exact description of what you are doing. – harrymc Mar 21 at 14:30
  • I am transferring a file in Remote Desktop, and when I click Ctrl+C, the transfer aborts with a message box saying "Error Copying File or Folder". – sashoalm Mar 21 at 15:18

Yes, this is a known limitation to MSTSC and there is no workaround that I know of (except using some other remoting / file sharing solution - e.g.: OneDrive, Dropbox etc.).

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You can get around this problem by using 7-zip or any other compression utilities that can create archives with volumes. For example you can compress a large file into a number of 10MB (or smaller) volumes. If the download is disrupted at least you have the already downloaded volumes. You will have to copy the rest again until all is transferred. When you have all volumes downloaded just un-compress the volumes and the original large file should be restored. Regards, John Zatyko

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