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Windows Remote Desktop copy-paste workaround

Hope many guys had issues with windows remote desktop and ability to copy-paste items from your local machine to remote desktop? This guide shows how to fix if windows remote desktop copy-paste NOT working


  • Connect to the development box using remote desktop  (or alternatively run  mstsc from run option) eg.
  • Put in your credentials and login to the Windows Server

Verify if clip is disabled

######### Below steps in Windows Server ############

In Windows Server -> Start -> Run -> cmd   to initiate the command prompt

Type in ..
reg query "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\Winstations\RDP-Tcp" /v fDisableClip

The output might show

fDisableClip    REG_DWORD    0x1
 This means the clip got disabled.

To enable fDisableClip

######### Below are the Actions in  Windows Server ############

Start -> Run -> cmd -> regedit

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\Winstations\RDP-Tcp

Mouse single click on RDP-Tcp , so that a Right hand menu will come up

Please double click on "fDisableClip" to edit the Dword value

Please change the value from 1 to 0

Log off from Windows Server and login back after 2 minutes

Should be fixed by now :)

Medium-Long term fix

If the clip functionality is getting expired often, please kill the rdpclip.exe from taskmanager within the Server and restart the process again by

run rdpclip.exe

There are some miscellaneous/complex cases, whereby certain services needs to be started, but google is your friend!!

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