How to Transfer Large Files Using a Remote Desktop Connection

Remote desktop allows you to connect from your computer to a different computer in a different location. You can connect from home to your computer at work, and have access to programs, files and network resources located on the work computer. Although Microsoft has made this process relatively easy, there are some conditions that must be met for the Remote Desktop to work properly. The computer must be turned on, it must have internet access, Remote Desktop must be enabled, and you must have permission to connect. You may have to obtain this permission from your network administrator.

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Click the “Start” button. Click “Run.” In the Open box type “mstsc.exe.” This will start the Remote Desktop.

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Enter the IP address of the computer to which you want to connect. If you do not know the IP address of the computer, then go to the Resources section of this article, and click on the ‘What is My IP Address” link.

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Select “Options.” Click on the “Local Resources” tab.

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Check the “Disk Drives” checkbox and log on.

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Click the “Start” button. Select “All Programs,” “Accessories,” and then “Windows Explorer.” This opens “Windows Explorer.” You will notice that new drives have appeared. These are the drives of the computer you have connected to.

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Drag and drop files from your local computer to the drives on the connected computer. This will accommodate any size files.