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Remote Copy \windows\system32\rcp.exe

Copies files between two remote computers.

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Command Prompt rcp


rcp [-b] [-h] [-r] source 


Remote Copy is a little tool you can use to copy one or more files from one remote computer to another remote computer without first transferring the files to your own computer. Remote Copy takes the following parameters:

source, destination

The full network path of the source file and destination, respectively. See the examples below for syntax. Specify a folder name for source to transfer that folder and all of its contents. You can specify wildcards here (to transfer multiple files at once), but only with an escape character (e.g., apple.* becomes apple.\*).


Transfers the files with binary mode; the default is ASCII mode. See the discussion of ASCII and binary modes in “FTP”, discussed earlier in this chapter.


Include the -h parameter to transfer hidden files.


When copying a folder, include all the subfolders and their contents.


The following command transfers the file, c:\docs\rings.txt, from the computer called cooder to the c:\stuff folder in the computer called spud:

rcp -b \\cooder\c\docs\rings.txt \\spud\

The following command does the same thing, but using IP addresses (when accessing computers on the Internet) instead of on a local network.

Note how the usernames (mandatory with IP addresses) are specified:

rcp -b\docs\rings.txt\stuff


  • Both the source and destination computer must be running the RCP service.

  • The username must be specified if the host (either in the source or destination) is an IP address.

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