Robocopy in Vista

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 20 June 2007 / Last Updated on 20 June 2007]

Robocopy is now part of Windows Vista

Will wonders ever cease? The more you play around with Windows Vista, the more cool things you discover about it. For instance, I just discovered that robocopy, that terrific file copying tool that beats xcopy by a mile is actually included in-box in Vista! Previously you had to get it by downloading the Resource Kit tools. In fact, xcopy is going to be deprecated in future versions of Windows so if you’re not a robocopy fan then start using it today! A good place to start is to type robocopy /? at the command prompt in Vista. Then search for discussion threads like for some real-world examples of how people use it in their environments.


Mitch Tulloch was lead author for the Windows Vista Resource Kit from Microsoft Press, which is THE book for IT pros who want to deploy, maintain and support Windows Vista in mid- and large-sized network environments. For more information see

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Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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