How to Upload Files Using a Remote Desktop in Windows (9 Steps)

By Cassandra Jones

Microsoft's Remote Desktop application allows you to connect to a remote computer and operate it as though you were sitting in front of it. Part of this access includes accessing files on the internal, usb, or cd/dvd drives. Microsoft allows the connecting user to determine if file access should be available at the time the connection is established.

Configure Remote Desktop to Allow Drive Access

Step 1

Open Remote Desktop.

Step 2

Click "Options."

Step 3

Click "Local Resources" at the top.

Step 4

Check the box next to each device or drive you wish to have access to while connected.

Connect to the computer.

Transfer Files to the Remote Computer

Step 1

On the remote computer, navigate to the desired files on the local computer using Windows Explorer.

Step 2

Right-click the file and choose "Copy."

Step 3

On the remote computer, navigate to the destination folder.

Right-click and choose "Paste."