Fixed: Copy/Cut/Paste Not Working in Windows 10/8/7

Tracy King updated on Mar 15, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

Copy and Paste not working, help!

Case 1. Copy and Paste failed to work
"Hey there, do you know how to copy or move files to another drive or location as a backup when Copy & Paste fails to work? I tried to copy and paste wanted files to an external hard drive so to backup the file, but I cannot paste the files to the destination drive.
I tried Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V and right-click selected files with Copy and Paste, nothing worked.
Still I got no copied files in the new drive. Do you know how to fix the problem?"

Case 2. Copy, Cut and Paste won't respond

"I upgraded Windows 8 to Windows 10, and now here is the problem that I cannot copy, cut and paste any files or folders on my PC. Do you know how to repair and make copy, cut and paste work again? If you do know any methods or fixes, please let me know."

If you are having the above mentioned error with Copy, Cut and Paste, in Windows 10, 8 or 7 PCs, don't worry and continue reading to find solutions right here now.

Cannot backup files by copying and pasting in PC, fix it now!

Usually, copy and paste feature in Windows system is designed for helping users to create a copy file or backup for the original file into a new location or storage device. So what can you do to copy or create backup files when Copy & Paste not working in PC? 

Professional backup and recovery software from EaseUS can help you fix this issue. This software supports you to create backup images for important files and data in Windows PC with simple clicks. And the backup files will even take smaller space than the original file. You can simply free download and install it to create file backup or images for important data and files on Windows PCs now:

Step 1. To initiate a backup, click the Select backup contents option.

create file backup step1

Step 2. There are four data backup categories, File, Disk, OS, and Mail, click File.

create file backup step2

Step 3. On the left, both local and network files will be shown. You may extend the directory to pick the backup files.

File backup

Step 4. Follow the on-screen instructions and choose a location to store the backup.

File backup step4

Click Options to encrypt the backup with a password in Backup Options, then click Backup Scheme to specify the backup schedule and start the backup at a certain event. There are also other additional choices you may choose to tailor the backup process to your requirements.

Backup options

Step 5. The backup may be stored on a local disk, EaseUS' online service, or NAS.

file backup step4

Step 6. EaseUS Todo Backup enables customers to back up data to a third-party cloud drive as well as its own cloud drive.

If you want to back up data to a cloud drive provided by a third party, choose Local Drive, scroll down to add Cloud Device, and then add and log in to your account.

Backup to cloud
You can also choose the EaseUS cloud drive. Sign up for an EaseUS Account, then click EaseUS Cloud and log in.

backup to easeus cloud

Step 7. Click Backup Now to begin the backup process. The backup job will be presented as a card on the left side of the panel after it has been finished. Right-click the backup job to handle it further.

File backup step7

3. Click Proceed to backup wanted files now.

Quick Fix 1. Fix copy and paste not working error by uninstalling Adobe Reader

Sometimes, newly installed Adobe Reader may affect other applications or programs, stopping them from working properly. So when you cannot use Copy and Paste feature to copy or move files in PC, you can try to uninstall Adobe Reader in Windows PC to see if this help or not:

  1. 1. Right-click on "Start" > Select "Programs and Features".
  2. 2. Find "Adobe Reader" and right-click it, select "Uninstall".
  3. 3. Uninstall Adobe Reader and restart PC.

After rebooting PC, you can then try to check out whether Copy & Paste feature work or not. If not, try Quick Fix 2 to get your problem solved now.

Quick Fix 2. Run SFC and uninstall/reinstall keyboard drivers to fix Copy & Paste not working issue

  1. 1. Press Win + R keys to open Run dialog and type: cmd to bring up Command Prompt by hitting Enter.
  2. 2. Type: sfc /scannow and hit Enter.
  3. Let the SFC command to check and repair corrupted files on your PC and then check out whether copy and paste feature work or not.
  4. 3. If SFC command doesn't work, type: dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth and hit Enter.
  5. After this, you can reboot PC and then try to copy, cut and paste files or data into another location then.

If it still not works, try to enter Device Manager and uninstall and reinstall the keyboard driver to see whether copy and paste work or not:

  1. 1. Right-click on "This PC/My Computer" > Select "Manage".
  2. 2. Select Device Manager, expand "Keyboards" section > Right-click the keyboard that you want to repair and select "Uninstall".
  3. 3. Then click the Windows Start button and click "Restart".
  4. 4. Windows will reboot and automatically detect your keyboard and reinstall the keyboard drivers.

If these two quick fixes don't solve your case, you can follow below 3 solutions to make copy, cut and paste feature work in Windows 10/8/7 again.

Method 1. Repair damaged Internet Explorer that cause Copy/Cut/Paste won't work

  1. 1. Click "Start" > "Settings" > "Control Panel".
  2. 2. Double click "Add/Remove Programs" > "Microsoft Internet Explorer" > "Change/Remove".
  3. 3. Click "Repair Internet Explorer "in the Internet Explorer and Internet Tolls dialog > Click "OK".

If Copy and Paste feature still doesn't work, try to restore the previous Windows configuration:

  1. 1. Click "Start" > "Settings" > "Control Panel".
  2. 2. Double click "Add/Remove Programs" > "Microsoft Internet Explorer".
  3. 3. Click "Restore the previous Windows configuration" and select "OK".
  4. 4. Follow the on-screen guidelines to complete the process.

Then you can check and try to coy, cut, and paste files to a new location.

Method 2. Fix Copy/Cut/Paste not working error with Registry editor

  1. 1. Follow the below path: C:\Windows\System\ and click IEMIGRAT.DLL > On the File menu, click "Rename".
  2. 2. Rename the file as lemigrat.dlx and close Windows Explorer.
  3. 3. Click Start > Run > type: regedit and click OK.
  4. 4. In Registry Editor, click "My Computer" > Click "Export Registry File" on the Registry menu.
  5. 5. Select a safe location to save the exported file;
  6. 6. In the File name box, type the name for new file and click "Save".
  7. 7. Click: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/Migration in Registry Editor > find and click the 100 key in the right pane.
  8. 8. Click "Delete" on the Edit menu > Click "Close" on the File menu and then close all programs.
  9. 9. Restart PC and insert Windows Millennium Edition installation CD-ROM and follow the installation instructions to complete the process.

After this, Windows Explorer and Copy/Cut/Paste, etc., features and apps can all work properly then.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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