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Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release 4.0.217
Operating system Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003
License Proprietary

RichCopy is a free computer utility program developed by Ken Tamaru of Microsoft Corporation to copy file directories. It performs more quickly and avoids pitfalls commonly found with the conventional "copy" and "paste" commands in the Windows operating system. Additionally, while having some similarities with the Microsoft utility, Robocopy, it provides a complete graphical user interface (GUI), whereas Robocopy is a command-line utility. [1]


  • Copies several files simultaneously ("multi-threaded"), which can drastically reduce the time required for multi-gigabyte file transfers and backups.
  • In contrast to simple Windows copy commands and the command-line utility Robocopy, a graphical user interface makes complicated backup operations easier.
  • Can generate the commande line of what you have specified on the gui[2]


  • There are bugs that have not been fixed. RichCopy is best utilized by experienced users who know how to verify that copy operations have completed successfully without errors.[3]
  • RichCopy is not supported by Microsoft.[1] The program has not been updated since approximately June 2009, despite numerous users requesting for bug fixes.[4]

No open files[edit]

RichCopy will not copy open files. Any process may open files for exclusive read access by withholding the FILE_SHARE_READ If copying open or locked files is necessary, one can use another utility, such as GSCopyPro.


File version Year Origin
4.0 4.0.217 2009


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