Using Windows on KVM plans

Using Windows on our KVM plans is fairly easy but there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • All VPSes are self-managed unless stated otherwise, enabling RDP, installing various software is the responsibility of the user.
  • If you're using a custom ISO (or user provided ISO) for your install and have software, OS, OS stability related issues, you'll have to sort them out on your own.
  • Installing Windows 2008 with VirtIO : Enabling VirtIO on Windows 2008 or one-click install with Windows 2008 VirtIO
  • Installing Windows 2012 with VirtIO : Windows 2012 VirtIO
  • If your VPS,
    • has more than 10 GB of disk space, you can try KVM Templates
    • has less than or equal to 10 GB Disk space, you'll have to use Enabling VirtIO on Windows 2008 method to install Windows on your VPS!
  • Remember to activate Windows after install!


  • Please read the instructions from the welcome email carefully.
  • You will need to use VNC (available at to set up your server to set a password for the user for login upon install or reinstall
  • If you do not activate your windows licence, the server will automaticly shut down itself

Adding additional IPv4 to Windows

Using ISO based install for Windows

  • Select the ISO from the CD-ROM List and click Mount
  • Change boot order to CD-ROM only
  • Change disk driver to IDE
  • Power Off the VPS
  • Boot the VPS
  • Click on VNC (HTML5 VNC or Java VNC) « Do this as soon as the VPS is online
  • You'll see a black screen saying “Press any key to boot into CD-ROM…” here, click Enter to boot into ISO on prompt
  • The install will start, you can continue the install as normal from here.


You will need to use the HTML5 or JAVA VNC function from to access your VPS the first time to set the password (as described above) and to setup/enable RDP, after this you can use RDP as normal.

  • RDP is disabled by default in Windows installs, you'll need to enable it up on your own.
  • Username/Password for RDP is the password you set during the Windows Install.
  • Default user is always Administrator and password is the one you set at first install/login.

Guides on how to enable RDP

VirtIO Drivers

If your VPS has over 10 GB of disk space, one click install is available as well,

To install your VPS with VirtIO instead of default IDE using ISO/CD-ROM method for better performance, follow this guide, Enabling VirtIO on Windows 2008 . The steps are more or less the same for Windows 2008 and 2012 with the exception of the drivers needed, drivers for windows 2008 and 2012 are listed below:

  • VirtIO drivers for Windows 2008 can be found under “Windows VirtIO Driver v0.1.30”, under WindowsVista/Windows7 /win7 folder in the Driver CD-ROM or so
  • VirtIO drivers for Windows 2012 can be found under “virtIO win v0.1.81”, under Windows8/win8 folder in the Driver CD-ROM or so

If your RDP doesnt work, you may also need to enable it in the Windows firewall

Guide :

Last modified: August 03 2017 19:21:19