How to Install TFTP Server on Windows 10

In this article, we will examine how to install a TFTP server using SolarWinds TFTP Server to transfer files on a Windows PC.

How to Install TFTP Server on Windows 10

How to Configure TFTP Server on a PC

TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol) performs the file/data transfer operation. However, we can say that it is a non-secure protocol when compared with the FTP protocol.

In our previous article, we gave information about TFTP. In this article, we’ll build a TFTP server for PCs with SolarWinds.

As you know, the TFTP protocol structure is divided into two parts: Server and client. You can run a server by installing the 3rd software on a laptop or desktop computer that you are using.

You do not need a physical server for the server. You can install SolarWinds software on a simple computer and create a file server.

What is a TFTP Server?

It listens to the UDP 69 port on the network and provides file-based services to clients. Typically, it is used to install software on Cisco or any branded Router. It is not recommended to use the TFTP in an environment where your security is more important.

FTP or another protocol can be used instead of TFTP. You can also test this protocol by temporarily setting up a server on the local network to understand it better.

How to Setup SolarWinds TFTP Server

First, download the SolarWinds Server by clicking the button below. Then, please create a new virtual machine using the VMware or VirtualBox virtualization program and install a clean Windows 10 on it.

After you have completed the necessary steps, follow the steps below to set up the file server.

SolarWinds Download

Step 1

Configure the network settings for the VMware virtual machine as Bridged.

VMware Network Settings

Step 2

You can also configure VMnet0 as a bridge in VMware Virtual Network Editor.

Virtual Network Editor

Step 3

Run the Windows 10 virtual machine.

Running Virtual Machine

Step 4

Copy the SolarWinds TFTP Server program that you downloaded on your computer to the Win10 virtual machine and run the installation file as an administrator.

SolarWinds TFTP Software

Step 5

In the SolarWinds setup window, click the Next button.

SolarWinds Setup Wizard

Step 6

Accept the SolarWinds license agreement and click on the Next button.

Accept SolarWinds License Agreement

Step 7

Click on the Next button again.

Customer Information

Step 8

Leave the destination location as default and click on Next.

Choose Destination Location

Step 9

Click the Install button to install SolarWinds software.

Ready to Install

Step 10

Click on the Finish button in the InstallShield window.

InstallShield Wizard

Step 11

Open the SolarWinds program, and then click on the File menu.

Running TFTP Software

Step 12

As you can see, the service is not working right now. Click the Start button to start the TFTP service.

Starting TFTP Service

Step 13

You can change the server’s storage location.


Step 14

After you start the service, the TFTP-Root folder is created on the C:\ drive.

TFTP Root Directory

Step 15

Create two text documents in the TFTP-Root folder.

TFTP Root Folder

Step 16

After installing the TFTP Server, you must configure your Host machine as a Client.

To enable TFTP Client, go to Control Panel / All Control Panel and click “Turn on Windows Features on or off” in the Programs and Features window.

Turn on Windows Features on or off

Step 17

There is more than one service in the window that opens. When you scroll down, you will see the TFTP Client service. After activating the TFTP Client service, click OK.

TFTP Client

Step 18

Click the Close button in the Windows Features.

Windows completed the requested changes

Step 19

After you press Windows Key + R on your Host, the Run window will open. In the Windows Run window, type CMD and press the Enter key.

At the CMD command prompt, execute the “TFTP” command. You can review whether the TFTP Client service is running.

Start TFTP

Step 20

In this step, use the command “tftp -i get 1.txt” at the CMD command prompt to transfer the text document that you created on the TFTP Server to the desktop location of the Host.

tftp -i get 1.txt

tftp -i get 1.txt

Step 21

You have successfully copied 1.txt from the server!

Transfer Successful

Step 22

Open the 1.txt text document you transferred, write something inside, and save the file. If the text document is Read-Only, you can change it from the file properties.

Editing TXT File

Step 23

To send the text document that you have edited on your host computer to the server, follow the command “tftp -i put 1.txt” at the CMD command prompt.

tftp -i put 1.txt

tftp -i put 1.txt

Step 24

The file transfer was completed successfully.

File Transfer Successful

Step 25

Open the file 1.txt in the TFTP-Root folder and check the change.


Step 26

After you have successfully configured the software, you can review the log files of the file transfer you made.

SolarWinds TFTP Server



In this article, we have installed and configured SolarWinds software, the best program to use TFTP Server in a network structure. Finally, we’ve reviewed how to transfer a file to the server after installing the TFTP Client on the Host computer. Thanks for following us!

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