Fixing copy and paste operations between multiple machines

All version of Windows since Windows XP have a Remote desktop client. The client supports copy and paste operations between local and remote machines. The operation is enabled by default, but can be disabled by going to “Local resources” tab and deselecting the “Clipboard” checkbox.

The copy and paste operations are supported by a process called rdpclip.exe. The process needs to be running on the remote machine. It works as expected most of the time. However, every so often, the copy and paste operations stop working without any reason and warning. The user is unable to copy anything between two machines. The solution is to restart the rdpclip.exe process.

  • Open Task manager and terminate rdpclip.exe.
  • Go to C:\Windows\System32 and start rdpclip.exe.

The copy and paste functionality should be working again now.

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