By Ellie / Last Updated April 19, 2023

Need to transfer large files from remote desktop to local

“I need to transfer large files(more than 1GB) to another PC, but I don’t know how. Can anybody give me some advice?”  

Transfer Large Files

To remotely access or transfer files from PC to PC is not hard today. Only if you find a reliable remote access tool, then the whole session of file transfer would be super effective and easy. If you are interested in the whole operation, you would get what you want from this guide. Keep reading to know how to transfer large files from PC to PC!

How do I transfer large files from remote desktop to local machine?

Here in this part, 2 useful tools are offered to transfer large files from remote desktop to local. Keep reading and take them into operations.

Remote Desktop: Transfer large files on the same network

Remote Desktop, a Windows built-in feature developed by Microsoft, allows you to remotely access a PC from another PC. And the features like file transfer provide huge convenience to the users. But it needs to mention that the 2 PCs must be on the same LAN, otherwise you need to perform port forwarding, which is a little bit complicated for most of users.

Before the connection: we need to set up Remote Desktop in advance in case of the appearance of RDP error. On the host PC, search remote desktop connection settings and open it. Drag the slider to the right to enable Remote Desktop.  


Step 1. On the client computer, input Remote Desktop Connection and then open it.


Step 2. On the main interface of Remote Desktop Connection, click on Show options and then switch from the General tab to the Local Resources tab. Go to Local Devices and Resources column. Click More.

Local Resources More

Step 3. On the Local Devices and Resources interface, check the Drives and click OK.

Check Drives

Step 4. Go to the General tab and then enter the IP address and the user name of the remote PC.

General Tab

Step 5. After the connection is successfully established, click This Computer on the host computer desktop, and find the previously checked disk.

Turn on This Computer

Step 6. Find the disk that stores the files you need and selects the file you want to transfer, click the Home tab above, and then click Move to. Click Choose Location in the drop-down menu to realize remote desktop file transfer.

Transfer Files

Pay attention: It needs to mention that RDP cannot copy files larger than 2GB and the speed is fairly slow.

AnyViewer: Transfer large files without limitations

But what if 2 PCs are not on the same LAN, or you encounter some issues like copy and paste not working, then do you know the way how to transfer large files remotely? If you don’t have any idea, here we recommend a free & professional remote access software--- AnyViewer, in which you could achieve the goal easily.

If the files are larger than 100MB, you could upgrade your account to enjoy fast file transfer without time and size limitations. And AnyViewer is workable for multiple Windows versions, including Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, Windows Server, and even Windows 10 Home edition. Here follow me to have operations.

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Step 1. To transfer files remotely, there will be 2 ways illustrated to you. With option 1, you could transfer files without the need to remotely access a PC. With option 2, you are able to get file transfer in the course of remote access. You could choose one of them according to your situation.

Option 1. Select the "File transfer" option after entering the Recipient ID and then click on Connect.

File Transfer

Option 2. Select the "Remote control" option. After the connection is successful, click the "Files" button in the menu bar.

Remote Control


Step 2. In the "File Transfer" dialog box, the path of the client computer is displayed on the left, and the path of the host computer is displayed on the right. On the right pane, choose the files you need and then click on the blue arrow button.

Choose Files

Step 3. When the file transfer is completed, you can check the place of the sharing files according to the Remote Path.        

Isn’t it ultra-easy? What are you waiting for? Get one and enjoy it right now.


In this post, 2 ways how to transfer large files from remote desktop to local are illustrated for you, such as Remote Desktop and AnyViewer. If 2 PCs are on the same LAN, and there’s nothing wrong with the remote connection, Remote Desktop is a great choice. But if 2 PC s are not on the same LAN, then AnyViwer is worthy to have a try.