After you launch a Windows instance, you need the instance’s password in order to connect using Remote Desktop.

To get the Windows password

  1. Right-click an instance and click Get Windows Password.
    The Retrieve Default Windows Administrator Password dialog box appears.
  2. Paste your private key into the provided field and click Decrypt Password.
    Amazon EC2 returns an encrypted version of the Windows Administrator password. Your private key is used to decrypt the password locally. Your private key willnever be transmitted over the network.

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