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Can't copy and paste? Fix it now!

In this article you will find out:

  • how to deal with this issue
  • how to protect your data

Are you ready? Let's read!

About this issue

Copying and pasting are common functions when using a computer. However, there are times when these simple functions just don't work. This can happen in certain applications (for example, Excel, Microsoft Word, Autocad, Remote Desktop, or VMware), and in the system as a whole. The problem can be hidden in anything: viruses, system errors, problematic drivers, not an updated system, etc. This article has a list of proven solutions that you can try to fix the “copy and paste not working Windows 10” problem.

1. Update OS

Press the Windows Key + I function keys. In the Settings app, go to the Update & Security section and click the Check for Updates button. Windows will automatically check for available updates and download them in the background. New updates will be installed during the next system reboot. After that, the problem with copy-paste should be resolved.


The disk check utility can also fix your problem, however, it will damage all of your data at the same time. Therefore, a data backup or disk image will come in handy here more than ever.

You can run Check Disk from the command line.

Press Windows Key + X, select Command Prompt (Admin) from the list and enter chkdsk X: / f. (replace X with the letter of your system drive) Then press Y to start scanning.

Alternatively, you can check the drive in another way: Go to This PC and right-click on the hard drive, select Properties. On the Tools tab, click the Check button in the Error Checking section. Then restart your computer, this should help solve the problem of “copy and paste not working Windows 10”.

3. Use rdpclip.exe tool

The rdpclip.exe application should start automatically. If it doesn't, you will have to start it manually every time Windows 10 starts, or add it to your Startup folder, and it will start every time you start Windows 10.

So, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, in the Task Manager go to the tab Details and right-click the rdpclicp.exe process. Select the End task option, then open the Windows / system32 folder and locate the rdpclip.exe file. Run it and see if your problem is resolved.

4. Restart the system

Generally, most users claim that the copy and paste function starts working after restarting the computer. You Can also sign out of your account, wait a few seconds, and then sign back in - this is a temporary workaround.

5. Use new account

To open the app settings, go to the Accounts section and select Family & other people in the left pane. Next, go to the right pane and select Add someone to this PC. Now click on I don't have this person's login information and select Add user without a Microsoft account. Enter a new username and click Next to complete the creation of a new account. If the error does not appear in the new account, transfer all your personal data there and start using the new account instead of the old one.

5. Disable protection

Check your antivirus, perhaps its actions are causing the problem “copy and paste not working Windows 10”. You need to disable the antivirus for a while or remove it altogether. Detailed instructions on how to do this are on the website of the application manufacturer. After you uninstall or disable your antivirus, restart your computer. If the Copy and Paste functions work, you can install a new antivirus solution or use the built-in Windows 10 Defender.

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