Silently copy files in Windows without showing error popup message box

One thing about Windows file copy is that it will continuously need your attention if there are duplicate files, if a file is in use or if there is any other error.

When you are seriously working on an important task (while a background file copy is going on) and suddenly if an error popup box appears, the whole flow of work gets disturbed. We have to stop working and attend to these messages. This is why you would wish to just stop those messages from popping up or let the error get resolved silently without disturbing your work.

Here I will show how you can use Copywhiz to suppress all the message prompts, error boxes and continue with file copy. Later you can verify the error log to check if there are any errors. This is very useful when taking backups and when you wish to copy files silently.

What is Copywhiz?

Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you to have more flexibility and control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

• Copy only new or modified files
• Paste by date created or modified or accessed.
• Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
• Copy files to multiple folders/computers
• Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
• Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
• Schedule file backups
several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.

Steps to silently copy files in Windows

The most common message you get is that a file already exists with the same name. Copywhiz can replace duplicate files automatically once pre-configured. Also it will show you a list of errors (if any) after the file copy operation is complete.

Watch a short video describing this feature:

  1. Go to Windows File Explorer, select the files from the source folder, right-click and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:

  2. Go to the destination folder, right click and choose Copywhiz–> Paste Advanced. The advanced settings dialogue box will open.

    Advanced Settings

  3. Select the “General” tab and enable the option “Run silently”. This ensures that you are not asked any questions when copying files. Duplicate files will be replaced automatically by default and all the errors are logged to separate file.
  4. General Tab

  5. Click on OK and then Paste Now.

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