Getting Started with Windows CVM

Last updated: 2019-07-25 18:50:57


This document describes how to easily use the features of CVM instances on Windows system and is designed to help beginners to get started with the creation and configuration of Tencent Cloud CVM quickly.

Step 1: Prepare and Select Model

Sign up for a Tencent Cloud account

New users need to register with Tencent Cloud official website. For more information, see How to Sign up for Tencent Cloud.

Specify the region and availability zone in which the CVM resides

How to select region:

  • Be close to your users.
    The region of a CVM should be selected depending on your user's geographical location. The closer the CVM is to your users who access it, the shorter the access latency and the higher the access speed will be. For example, if most of your users are in North America, then Toronto is a good choice.
  • In the same region.
    CVMs in the same region are interconnected with each other via a private network, but those in different regions cannot communicate with each other via a private network. Users who communicate with each other using multiple CVMs via a private network should choose the same region.
    CVMs in the same region can communicate with each other via a private network free of charge.
    CVMs in different regions cannot communicate with each other via a private network but only via a public network with a charge.

Select CVM configuration solution

You can compare the configurations in More Models based on your actual needs. You can also Upgrade Configuration or Downgrade Configuration at any time after purchasing a CVM based on your business needs.

Choose a billing method

Tencent Cloud supports Postpaid billing method. For more information, see Billing Methods.

Step 2: Create a Windows CVM

This step describes how to create a Windows CVM.

  1. Log in to the Tencent Cloud official website, select Products -> Cloud Compute & Network -> Cloud Virtual Machine, then click Experience to enter the CVM purchase page, and click Create to start the purchase.

  2. Select a region and model. Choosing a region close to your users can minimize access latency and improve download speed.


  3. Select an image. Select a Windows operating system that meets your requirement.


  4. Select storage and public network bandwidth. If you do not need to connect to the public network, set the bandwidth value to 0.


  5. Set the security group, account name and login method.


  6. Confirm the settings of the CVM and select quantity.


For more information on how to view internal messages, see the next step.

Step 3: Log in to Windows CVM

This section describes how to log in to a Windows CVM. Login method varies depending on different scenarios. This step shows how to log in to the CVM through the console. For more information on other login methods, see Log in to Windows Instance.


You need to use the admin account ID and the corresponding password to log in to the CVM.

  • Admin account ID: It is always Administrator for Windows instances

  • Password: For quick configuration, the initial password is randomly assigned by the system. For detailed operations, see the next section (View internal messages and CVM information).
    For more information, see Login Password.

    View internal messages and CVM information

    After a CVM is purchased and created, the instance name, public IP, private IP, login name, initial login password, and other information of the CVM are sent to your account via Internal Message.

  • Log in to the CVM console, and you can see the public IP, private IP, and other information.

  • Click Internal Message at the upper right corner.

  • The new CVM and its information such as login name and password can be found in the Internal Message page, as shown in areas highlighted in yellow:


Log in to the CVM through the console

  1. Click the Log In button in the operation column on the CVM list page to select a proper login method:


  2. To log in to your CVM via VNC, click Log In Now.


    1. Select Ctrl-Alt-Delete from the top left corner, and go to the system login page:

    2. Enter the account ID (Admin) and the initial password from the internal message (or the password modified by you) to log in.

This terminal is exclusive, that is, only one user can log in using the console at a time.

Step 4: Partition and Format Data Disk

Here, we use Windows Server 2012 R2 DataCenter 64bit EN to explain how to format a data disk.


  • Users who have purchased a data disk need to format it before use, and those who have not purchased a data disk can skip this step.
  • Make sure you have completed Step 3 to log in to the CVM.

Format the data disk

  1. Log in to your Windows CVM by following the method described in Step 3.

  2. Click Start -> Server Manager -> Tools -> Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management.




  3. Right click on Disk 1 and select Online. If this disk is already online, you can skip this step.


  4. Right click and select Initialize Disk:


Select GPT or MBR depending on the partitioning method, and click the OK button:

Make sure to select GPT as partitioning method if the disk is larger than 2 TB. If you are not sure whether the disk capacity will exceed this value after subsequent expansion, GPT partitioning format is recommended. If you're sure that the disk capacity will not exceed this value, you're recommended to select MBR partitioning for a better compatibility.*


Disk Partitioning (Optional)

  1. Right click on the unallocated space, and select New Simple Volume:


  2. In the New Simple Volume Wizard pop-up window, click Next:


  3. Enter the desired disk size for the partition, and click Next:


  4. Enter the drive letter, and click Next:

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  5. Select File System -> Format Partition, and click Next:


  6. Upon completing the New Simple Volume operation, click Finish:


  7. Open This PC in Start to view the new partition.


Now, you have completed the creation and basic configuration of a Windows CVM.