How to Access Files Through the Command Line on a Remote Computer


When you are connected to a remote Windows computer through Remote Desktop, you gain access to a wide variety of its tools, including Command Prompt. Command Prompt is a DOS-based command-line interface that allows you to access files and folders on the remote computer. Note that you will need administrative rights to complete this task.

  • Click the Windows Start menu and type "mstsc.exe" (without the quotes) in the Search box. Press the "Enter" key to open "Remote Desktop Connection."

  • Type the Internet Protocol (IP) address or the computer name of the remote computer and click "Connect."

  • Type the user name and password when prompted to gain access to the remote computer.

  • Click the Start menu on the remote computer and type "cmd" (without the quotes) in the search box. Click "cmd.exe" to launch Command Prompt.

  • Access different drives within the remote computer's hard disk. For example, type "C:" to access the C drive. Similarly, type "D:" to access the D drive of the remote computer. Press the "Enter" key after entering the drive letter.

  • Type "dir" and press the "Enter" key to see the list of files and folders stored in the chosen drive.

  • Type "CD <filename>" (without the quotes or brackets) and press "Enter" to access a file.

  • Type "exit" and press "Enter" to close Command Prompt when done.

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