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

by Cassandra Jones
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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."


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About the Author

Cassandra Jones has began writing in 2010. Her specialties include computers and server programming. Jones' work has appeared in various online publications. She holds MIcrosoft certifications in business intelligence development and database administration, and a Master of Science degree in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix. Jones works primarily with ColdFusion and Microsoft SQL Server Programming.

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