Step One—Dowload PuTTY
To log into your VPS on windows, you will need to have PuTTY, an SSH client, installed on your computer.
If you do not have it yet, you can download the program here. Choose the windows installer.
Step Two—Set Up the Configuration Screen
Once PuTTY is downloaded and installed, starting the program will take you to the configuration screen, where you need to make just a couple of changes.
- Fill in the “Host Name (or IP address)” field with the Droplet IP address from the welcome email, make sure the port number is 22, and the connection type is SSH.
- Additionally, click on the sidebar entry, SSH, and select “2 only” as the preferred SSH protocol version.
- Once everything is configured, you can name and save these preferences for the future by clicking on Session in the side bar and typing a title into the Saved Sessions field. Then click save.
Double click on the session name to connect, and accept the subsequent pop up that asks if you want to connect to the host. After PuTTY starts up, type in the root password that was emailed to you. The password will not be visible, however it is still being entered as you type.