How to transfer files using FTP in Windows 10

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How to send and receive FTP files In Windows 10

Many Windows 10 users want to create their own private cloud, upload files they can share and transfer files of any size (up to 1000GB), without restrictions.

The solution: building a FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server! It’s very easy to build one, and users will have full control of the server. They will even create multiple accounts so their friends and family will have access to those files.

Today, we’ll teach you how to install an FTP server on a Windows 10 PC.


How do I transfer files using FTP?

1. Use a third-party product

The easiest way to transfer files via FTP is to simply use a third-party tool that can do it for you in a simplified manner.

One software that comes to mind when it comes to file transfers should be WinZip. not only will it archive your files in a fast and efficient manner, but it can also secure it via encryption or password-protect it.

Once that is done, you can use WinZip to transfer your archives between different PCs, networks, or even clouds. As an added bonus, it also has integrations with many social media platforms, so sharing your archives has never been simpler.

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2. Use Windows’ built-in FTP features

These are the steps that you’ll need to follow to install an FTP server on your computer running on Windows 10:

Click and hold down the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut and when the Power User menu will appear, you will select Programs and Features. Now, you’ll click the Turn Windows features on/off link, then expand Internet Information Services.

You will check the FTP Server option and after expanding FTP Server, you will check the FTP Extensibility option. In continuation, you’ll check Web Management Tools and keep the default selections, then click OK to begin the installation and then on Close.

In order to create an FTP site on Windows 10, which will be used to send and receive files, follow these instructions:

  1. Again, open the Power User menu using the same method, and select Control Panel.
  2. Then, open Administrative Tools and double-click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  3. After expanding right-clicking Sites on the Connections pane, select Add FTP Site.
  4. Now, choose the name of the new FTP site, enter the path to the FTP folder that will be used to send and receive files, then click Next.
  5. When you see Binding and SSL Settings, choose only the SSL option to No SSL, then click Next.
  6. Check the Basic option on Authentication, and on Authorization, in the drop-down menu, select Specified users.
  7. Enter the email address of your Windows 10 account or local account name so that you will gain access to the FTP server.
  8. Finally, check Read and Write, then click Finish.

The above-mentioned steps can also prove helpful if you’re also interested in the following:

Set up FTP to transfer files – Both the software and the steps listed above will help you set up a FTP to transfer files anywhere.


FAQ: Learn more about FTP

  • What does FTP mean?

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol.

  • What are the best tool to automate FTPs?

If you need software that will automate the FTP process for you, check out the entries from this guide.

  • What is the best FTP software that I can use?

If you need the best FTP tool on the market today, check out the entries on this list.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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