A transferred file does not appear in the target location after a Paste operation

Last updated on Dec 09, 2021


When you transfer a file from one computer to another using the Copy/Paste file transfer method, the file may not appear to be pasted in the target location even though the progress bar has indicated that the transfer has been completed. 


This issue may occur due to a Microsoft time-out limitation concerning paste operations in Windows Vista or later.

Such behavior may occur when paste operations take about 5 minutes or more in Windows Vista or later Operating Systems. If you copy and paste large files or folders (10 MB or larger) over the internet and the transfer takes about 5 minutes or longer to complete, the copied content does not automatically appear in the target location even though it has already been sent to the file cache on the remote computer.


Simply repeat the Paste operation by doing one of the following:

  • Right-click the mouse and select Paste.
  • Press CTRL+V again.

The clipboard content will be immediately transferred from file cache directly to the target location without repeating the file transfer operation.

Affected operating systems:

  • Windows Vista (x86 and x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows 7 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows 8/8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 11