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User Guide for Windows Instances

AWS NVMe Drivers for Windows Instances

The latest AWS Windows AMIs of the following Windows operating systems contain the AWS NVMe drivers used to interact with EBS and SSD instance store volumes that are exposed as NVMe block devices for better performance:

  • Windows Server 2016

  • Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Windows Server 2012 RTM

  • Windows Server 2008 R2

For more information about EBS and NVMe, see Amazon EBS and NVMe. For more information about SSD instance store and NVMe, see SSD Instance Store Volumes.

Installing or Upgrading AWS NVMe Drivers

The AWS Windows AMIs provided by Amazon include the AWS NVMe driver. If you are not using the latest AWS Windows AMIs, you can install the current AWS NVMe driver.

To download and install the latest AWS NVMe driver

  1. Connect to your instance and log in as the local administrator.

  2. Download the latest driver package to the instance.

  3. Extract the zip archive.

  4. Install the driver by running the install.ps1 PowerShell script.

  5. If the installer does not reboot your instance for you, restart the instance.

AWS NVMe Driver Version History

The following table describes the released versions of the AWS NVMe driver.

Driver version Details Release date


Performance and reliability improvements for AWS NVMe devices on all supported instances, including bare metal instances.

13 June 2018


AWS NVMe driver for supported instance types running Windows Server

12 February 2018