RDP copy-and-paste not working

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

Comments (15)

  1. kenny says:

    I actually have XP so from the run prompt I had to type in GPEDIT.MSC Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsTerminal ServicesClient ServerData RedirectionDo not allow clipboard redirection

  2. alex says:

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

  3. mobile says:

    This worked for my Windows 7 Professional.


  4. Alex2061 says:

    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.


  5. Shaik87 says:

    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…

  6. Ramkumar says:

    It nice blog, worked perfectly

  7. Victor says:

    Thank you very much! it solved the problem!

  8. Umesh Mishra says:

    could you please help me on the below question…?

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


    Umesh Mishra

  9. Rajesh T.V says:

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

  10. Matt Bowers says:

    The Group Policy edit you listed fixed my problem. "Not Configured" was blocking this and "Disabled" fixed it.
    Thank you much!!!

  11. terry thompson says:

    Copy and Paste is not working on my Remote Desktop Connection… what’s wrong?

    So what do I do when clipboard stops working?
    Luckily fixing the issue is pretty straightforward and involves a few simple steps.
    1. Load up task manager (right click taskbar and select Task Manager)
    2. Go to the Processes Tab
    3. Select rdpclip.exe
    4. Click End Process
    5. Go to the Application Tab
    6. Click New Process
    7. Type rdpclip
    8. Click Ok

  12. Victor says:

    In my case I tried everything but all was vain. Finally I allowed Drive redirection in RD session host properties and it worked out.

  13. Irene says:

    Thanks! This helped me!

  14. abdul says:

    i want to block clipboard have sensitive data occur in the clipboard…

  15. Chuck says:

    Thanks for giving clear directions!