How to choose a VPS?

Get started with a few popular VPS choices:

Find more via a comparison calculator - https://www.vpsbenchmarks.com/screener

Recommendations from experienced validators:

Warning about Contabo: while ok for testing, it has shown unique errors for testnets. Consider the price of "cheap" when running a validator - the protocol dynamically phases out low performance nodes, which will lead to less returns for operators.

What if I have Windows?

Use a virtualization service to deploy a virtual Linux server on your Windows machine. Try this tutorial, for example: https://itsfoss.com/install-linux-in-virtualbox/