By Vivian / Last Updated February 14, 2022

How do I transfer remote files to my Windows PC remotely?

"I need to transfer files from the faraway PC to the local PC for work purposes (both PCs are Windows 10)." But I couldn't figure out how to operate or which tools to employ. Can you provide me with some guidance and instructions on how to proceed? Please accept my sincere gratitude."

2 ways to achieve remote file transfer on Windows

To transfer files from remote PC, we’ll introduce 3 ways with specific steps for you. Keep reading ad take into practice.

Way 1. Remote Desktop

If the 2 PCs are on the same network, it seems more convenient and easier to use Windows built-in feature, Remote Desktop (RDP) to let us achieve remote file transfer on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7...

Step 1. Enable the Remote Desktop on the host PC. Press Win + I to open Settings, and then find System and Remote Desktop. Under the “Enable Remote Desktop”, turn on the button.


Step 2. Search and open Remote Desktop Connection on the local PC, and then enter the IP address and the username of the remote PC. Click on “Connect”, and then input the password. 

Realize Remote Dektop Connection

Step 3. Now the connection is been established and the files are visible to the local PC.

Enable Remote Desktop

Step 4. Press “Ctrl + C” to copy the files or folder on the remote PC, and then press “Ctrl + V” to paste on the local desktop.

Transfer Files From Local PC

Step 5. If your files or folders are on the disk drive, go to “This PC” and locate the position of your files, press “Ctrl + C” to copy the files and press "Ctrl" + "V" to paste the files on the local PC.

Drives of Remote PC

Note: If 2 PCs are not on the same LAN, the remote file transfer through Remote Desktop needs port forwarding.

Way 2. Chrome Remote Desktop

Another remote access tool, Chrome Remote Desktop, is also prestigious among people. It is developed by Chrome, which is shown as an extension. The point that needs to be mentioned is that if you want to use Chrome Remote Desktop to transfer files from remote PC, you need to ensure that both computers are Windows 10 and the account on both PCs are the same. Here are the steps to transfer files via Chrome Remote Desktop.

Step 1. On the host computer, open the Chrome Remote Desktop download page. Click Remote Support first and then click the blue download button.

Remote Support Download

Step 2. After automatically jumping to the chrome web store, click Add to Chrome to download Chrome Remote Desktop.

Add to Chrome

Step 3. Click Add extension to confirm the installation.

Confirm Installation

Step 4. Click on Accept & Install to install it.

Ready to Install

Step 5. Choose a name for your computer and then click Next.

Choose Name

Step 6. Choose a PIN with at least 6 numbers, and then enter it twice to start the program. 

Choose a PIN

 Step 7. On the client computer, open the Chrome browser and navigate here. Then log in to the same Google account. Once logged in, you can see the available computers.

Remote Devices

Step 8. Click on the computer set up previously, and enter its PIN. Then you could start your remote control.

Enter the Setup PIN

Step 9. After successfully connecting, click the arrow icon on the right side to expand the sidebar. In the File Transfer column, you can find the options of Upload file and Download file, and then transfer the file according to your own needs.

Transfer Files


You may have already been acknowledged the methods for achieving remote file transfer on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 from the post. Apart from the built-in Remote Desktop feature, remote access tools such as Chrome Remote Desktop is also a viable option. However, if the 2 PCs are not on the same LAN and you run into ”Chrome Remote Desktop goes offline”, AnyViewer could be a good alternative.