RDP copy-and-paste not working

RDP copy-and-paste not working

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In Windows 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 2008 R2, and Windows 7 you may experience issues with copy-and-past in a RDP session between client and server or server and client. If you need to allow copy-and-past functionality Disable the Do not allow clipboard redirection group policy.  


Do not allow clipboard redirection


Specifies whether to prevent the sharing of clipboard contents (clipboard redirection) between a remote computer and a client computer during a Remote Desktop Services session.


You can use this setting to prevent users from redirecting clipboard data to and from the remote computer and the local computer. By default, Remote Desktop Services allows clipboard redirection.


If the status is set to Enabled, users cannot redirect clipboard data.


If the status is set to Disabled, Remote Desktop Services always allows clipboard redirection.


If the status is set to Not Configured, clipboard redirection is not specified at the Group Policy level. However, an administrator can still disable clipboard redirection using the Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration tool.



Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Remote Desktop Services \ Remote Desktop Session Hosts \ Device and Resource Redirection \ Do not allow clipboard redirection

  • I actually have XP so from the run prompt I had to type in GPEDIT.MSC Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Terminal Services\Client Server\Data Redirection\Do not allow clipboard redirection

  • HI Shane, thanks for this, however i'm sure that i haven't any GPO set, but still sometimes it doesn't work.

  • This worked for my Windows 7 Professional.


  • You can run the following commands on your remote machine one by one.

    Taskkill.exe /im rdpclip.exe


    This is a temporary fix, alternately you can use an online copy paste toil, its great.


  • could you please help me on the below question...
    Iam able to copy and paste the files from Remotedesktop server to my local machin and vise versa...and also iam part of Domain admin group..but some user asked me they are not able to copy/cut paste the data from server to their desktop and vice versa...so can you please help me what could be the difference..is it like only the users who are part of Admin group will have this kind of access and normal user will not have...and also is there any Group Policy setting is there for restricting users for copy/cut paste data between remotedesktop server and local machine...

  • It nice blog, worked perfectly

  • Thank you very much! it solved the problem!

  • could you please help me on the below question...?

    How do i enable to copy/cut option in windows server 2008 R2?


    Umesh Mishra

  • The problem got solved .
    try to cmd prompt to copy paste

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