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Run a Windows Application in the Cloud with Paperspace Machines

Machines are high-performing computing for scaling AI applications.

Paperspace offers a wide variety of virtual workstations and a low-latency streaming protocol for remote access.

Create a Machine

Choose an OS

Click CREATE A MACHINE in the Paperspace console, On the Create a new machine page, in the Select an OS template section, select a Windows OS. The Windows 10 licensed edition is the most popular. This template is technically a Server edition of Windows but looks and feels like a regular desktop operating system. Paperspace also offers an unlicensed version of Windows 10 (referred to as BYOL) which requires you bring your own Windows license.

This example uses the standard Windows 10 licensed edition:

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Choose a Machine

Paperspace specializes GPU-enabled applications. As a result, the GPU machine types, which include a dedicated NVIDIA GPU, are the most popular options on Paperspace and the default option when creating a machine. Other options include CPU types and vGPU types. These are not designed for compute or graphics-intensive applications and are most commonly used for use-cases like hosting a web server, licensing server, etc. This example uses a P4000.

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Choose a Region

There are three datacenter regions. You should select the region closest to you to decrease latency. You can learn more about regions here and you can test your latency by following this guide.

Advanced Options

An option that you may want to configure is auto-shutdown which stops your machine after becoming idle for a pre-defined amount of time.

You may also want to invite other users to access this machine. You can learn more about managing access here.

You can view the full list of advanced options here.

Get Started

From there, you may need to add your payment details if this is your first time creating a machine. Otherwise, click create.

Windows machines can take a few minutes to provision the first time — subsequent starts take less time. The machine transitions from provisioning, to starting up, to ready during provisioning.

Create Windows state

Once your machine is in the on / ready state, you are ready to connect.

Connect to Your Machine

There are a few different options for connecting to your machine:

  • Paperspace: desktop app or connect directly from a web browser
  • Third-party tools:: You can also use standard remote desktop tools such as RDP, TeamViewer, VNC, etc.

This tutorial uses the desktop app offered by Paperspace. The app offers the best streaming performance, better clipboard syncing, etc.

Once you have the app downloaded and installed, you can connect to your remote machine. From the console, you can hover over the machine and click the launch button to connect.

You can also connect from the machine details page.
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Run Your Applications

The Chrome web browser is pre-installed. From here, you can download any application like you normally would on a local laptop or desktop computer.

You have full root access on the Windows OS.

App Menu

Be sure to check out the onscreen menu which includes options for full screen, multi-monitor, etc. In addition to the console, you can also use this menu to stop or restart the machine.

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