How to Create a Free Windows RDP with AWS Free Tier in 2023

In today’s tutorial, we’ll show you how to create a free Windows RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) with AWS Free Tier. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Creating a Free Windows RDP


Before diving into the setup process, you need to have an Amazon AWS Free Tier account. If you haven’t created one yet, we’ve included a link below that will guide you through the account creation process.

Once you’ve created your AWS Free Tier account, log in and follow these steps:

Step 1: Launch an EC2 Instance

  1. Select “EC2” under services, which falls under the “Compute” section.

  2. Click on “Launch Instance.”

Free Windows RDP
Free Windows RDP
  • On the next page give your instance a name for identification purposes.

Step 2: Choose Windows as the OS

  • Under “Applications and OS images,” select “Windows.”

Free Windows RDP
  • In the “Amazon Machine Image” section, choose a Windows server that is labeled as “Free Tier eligible” and ends with “base” (does not have core on it).
Free Windows RDP

Step 3: Create a Key Pair

  • Under “Key Pair,” click “Create New Key Pair.”

  • Name your key pair and click “Create Key Pair.”

Free Windows RDP

✅When creating the keypair make sure that the private key format is in PEM, not PPK

✅Once created, your key will be downloaded. Ensure you don’t delete it, as you’ll need it to retrieve your login password.

Step 4: Configure Storage

  • Under “Storage,” you can leave the storage size as it is (30GB) since Free Tier eligible customers already receive up to 30 GB of free storage.

  • Click “Launch Instance” to proceed.

Step 5: Connect to Your free windows RDP

  • After launching the instance, wait for approximately 5 minutes for the status check to pass. If there are no changes after this time, simply refresh the page.
Free Windows RDP
  • When the status check has passed, select your instance and click on “Connect.”
Free Windows RDP
  • Choose “RDP Client

Free Windows RDP
  • download the Remote Desktop file.

Free Windows RDP
  • Click “Get Password” and upload the private key downloaded when creating the key pair.
Free Windows RDP
  • Click “Decrypt Password” and copy the generated password.
  • Go to your downloads and open the Remote Desktop file you downloaded earlier.
Free Windows RDP

✅Paste the password and click “OK” to open the RDP.


Properties for Your Free Windows RDP

Congratulations! Your RDP is up and running. It’s powered by an Intel Xeon Platinum 8 CPU with a refresh rate of 2.5 gigahertz, equipped with 1 GB of visual RAM, and an internet speed of approximately 360 megabits per second.

✅That’s how you create your very own free Windows RDP with AWS Free Tier.

advantages and disadvantages of creating a free Windows RDP with AWS free tier


There are several advantages to using AWS Free Tier for your RDP:

  • Cost-Efficiency: The Free Tier allows you to create an RDP without incurring any initial costs.
  • Scalability: You can easily upgrade to a paid AWS plan as your needs grow.
  • AWS Ecosystem: Access to the broader AWS ecosystem, including services like S3, Lambda, and more.
  • Learning Opportunity: It’s a great way to learn about cloud computing and AWS.

While AWS Free Tier provides an excellent opportunity to create a free Windows RDP, there are some disadvantages to consider:

  • Limited Resources: Free Tier instances have limited computing resources, making them unsuitable for resource-intensive tasks.
  • Data Transfer Costs: AWS may charge data transfer costs if your usage exceeds Free Tier limits.
  • Instance Termination: Free Tier resources are temporary, and you may lose your data if you don’t upgrade or back up.
  • Configuration Complexity: Setting up an RDP can be complex, especially for beginners.

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