AWS Windows Instance Set Up Step 1: Setting Up An Amazon Web Services Account

This video is step 1 in a series of 5 videos that show how to set up a Windows virtual machine (instance) using Amazon Web Services and then provision it with Python and R (and some additional software) so that it can serve as a platform for doing some data science. In this video I discuss setting up an Amazon Web Services account, using the “Free Tier” services, and setting up a billing alert.

The video is about 11 minutes long.



  • The choices that show up in the billing alert notification menu have changed (about time 9:30 in the video). Instead of seeing and selecting the account owner’s name (in my case George), you should select Notify Me.

Video Index

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Time Topic
00:00Title slide
00:36Navigate to AWS (
01:09Link for creating free account
01:36Explore information on free (“free tier”) services
02:59Information on EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud)
03:42Begin Sign-Up
03:56Need Two Things for Account – Credit Card and Phone Access
04:54Log in to your AWS Account
05:50AWS Services Page
06:17AWS Regions
07:10Need Billing Alert – Billing and Cost Management
08:08Set up Billing Alert

Next Video: Step 2 — Launching a Windows Instance

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