Copy and paste a file from a remote computer to a local computer

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To copy and paste a file from a remote computer to a local computer

  1. Use Remote Desktop Connection to establish a connection to a remote computer.

  2. Click Start on the task bar of the remote computer, and then click My Computer, or double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop of the remote computer.

    When Windows Explorer opens on the remote computer, it displays the drives on the remote computer. If you have chosen to make your local drives available in a session, Windows Explorer on the remote computer also displays the drives on your local computer. The following example shows how the drives on your local computer are named when they appear in Windows Explorer on the remote computer.

    <driveletter> on tsclient

    tsclient is the name that Remote Desktop Connection assigns to your local computer.

  3. Right-click the file residing on the remote computer that you want to transfer to the local computer, and then click Copy.

  4. Navigate in the same Windows Explorer window to the location on the local computer where you want to paste the file.

  5. Right-click the folder icon and then click Paste.


  • To open Remote Desktop Connection, click Start, point to Programs or All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.

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Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.