AWS Windows Instance Set Up: Wrapping Up

This video is the last part in a series of 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 do some checking to see whether or not the software we installed in the last video works and I also show how to create an AWS AMI (Amazon Machine Image) which will allow new instances to be launched that are already fully provisioned (and also serves as a back-up of the work done provisioning the instance).

See the previous video in this series for instructions on installing the software.

The video is about 15 minutes long.



At time 1:28, the video discusses moving from the Start Screen to the All Apps screen. As discussed in the Step 3 video, the method shown in this video is obsolete and replaced by a small white arrow in a circle at the bottom left of the Start Screen.

Video Index

Time Topic
00:00Title Slide
00:43Toggle between the Start Screen and Desktop using the Windows Key
01:09Tiles on the Start Screen for the New Software
01:28Show the “All Apps” Screen
02:00Check that the ClamWin programs are installed
02:18Check that the ClamSentinel programs are installed
02:29Check that the Anaconda Python programs are installed
03:00Check that the R programs are installed
03:29Check that the Rstudio program is installed
03:36Check that the CYGWIN program is installed
04:20Return to the Start Screen
04:27Launch the Anaconda Python Command Prompt
05:05Launch the Spyder IDE
05:45Launch Rstudio
06:24Launch CYGWIN
07:31What to do if there is a problem
07:50Uninstall programs — Open the Control Panel
08:04Open Uninstall Programs
08:26After uninstall, may need to remove program folder
08:50Launch file explorer and navigate to the C: drive
08:56The location of the Anaconda Python and CYGWIN program folders
09:05Should remove Anaconda Python and CYGWIN folders when uninstalling and then reinstalling these programs
09:18Location of the R and Rstudio program folders
09:25May need to remove the R and Rstudio folders when reinstalling these programs
09:36Turn off virus software when installing or reinstalling the software
09:43Turning off ClamSentinel
09:59Logging out of the Windows Instance
10:25EC2 Dashboard and Instances Dashboard
11:01Identifying your instance
11:27Good idea to create an AMI (Amazon Machine Image)
11:52Select the instance
12:20Create the AMI (Amazon Machine Image)
12:30Name and describe the image
13:16Navigate to the AMI (under Images)
13:44Image serves as a backup

AWS Windows Instance Set Up Step 2: Launching a Windows Instance

This video is part 2 in a series of 5 videos that show how to set up a Windows virtual machine (instance) using Amazon Web Services (AWS) 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 show how to launch a Windows instance using AWS.

The video is about 20 minutes long.



  • The section of the video from time 3:57 to 4:55 is obsolete and can be ignored. This section of the video begins with a pop-up dialog that is titled “Boot from General Purpose SSD.” General purpose SSD is now the default and your virtual instance will automatically have a 30GB SSD drive. You will not be prompted as shown in the video.
  • The Actions menu which appears in the video at time 13:16 has changed. The large number of items in the old menu have been consolidated into groups in the new menu. Specifically, the Actions category of the old menu has now been changed to the Instance State menu item which leads to a sub-menu with the items Start, Stop, Reboot, and Terminate.

Video Index

Click on the topics below to jump to that location in the video.

Time Topic
00:00Title Slide
00:33Navigating to AWS
00:50Loggin in to AWS
01:21Page of Links to All AWS Services
01:31Navigating to the page of AWS Sevices if already logged in
01:44EC2 link and dashboard
02:05Launch instance button
02:13List of Image Types (Amazon Machine Images)
02:30Scroll to MS Windows Server 2012 R2 Base image (Free Tier Eligible)
03:24Choose instance types
04:00Select device types (SSD 30GB)
04:57Security Issues
05:30IAM (Identity and Access Management) – Accept Defaults
06:08A Secure Connection requires a Key Pair
06:40Create a new key pair
07:52Create a folder on the local computer for the key pair
09:53Download the key pair
10:45Launch the instance
10:52Launch status – initializing
11:19Instance console
12:42Give the instance a name
13:11Action Menu (Terminate, Reboot, Stop, and Start)
13:36Select and Instance for the Action
14:53Instance state is “running”
15:08Time delay in launching an instance
15:22Save the data about an instance
18:40Instance IP and DNS Name can change on stop and start

Next Video: Step 3 — Connecting to the Instance