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How to Enable and Use Windows Sandbox

Sandbox is a lightweight windows application tailored for safely running apps in an isolated environment. In short, Sandbox is half app and half VM. It allows you to load a clean virtual OS to test unsafe applications or test settings in an environment that is completely isolated from your main system. In this post, we will show you how to enable and use Windows Sandbox.

Why use Sandbox?

How many times have you come across an email containing untrusted content? Or you wanted to test an executable which you think might be unsafe? Or you want to test some settings, registry changes on your main system. But all these tasks involves risk of damaging your main OS. One alternative is to install virtual machine and do these tasks but it’s a very lengthy process. Sandbox comes very handy in these situations. Once you enable and launch sandbox, you are presented with a clean OS imaged from your current OS. Any activity or task you run is launched in an isolated environment and doesn’t effect your main OS. After your work is done and when you close the sandbox, everything in it gets destroyed. Next time you launch sandbox, it opens again in a clean state.

Requirements for Sandbox?

Minimum requirements :

  • Windows 10 build 18305 or higher
  • AMD64 architecture (64-bit)
  • Virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS
  • At least 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • Need at least 1 GB of free disk space (SSD recommended).
  • At least 2 CPU cores (4 cores with hyperthreading recommended)

Sandbox is currently available for only Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise build 18305 or higher. It is not available for Windows 10 Home editions. If you are running Win 10 Home edition, then please follow this link to enable sandbox in windows 10 home edition.

Before you enable sandbox in windows, make sure that you have Virtualization enabled in your BIOS. One way to check it is by opening task manager and head to the performance tab. You will find it as shown in the below screenshot.

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If virtualization is not enabled, follow this tutorial or use google to find how to enable it.

How to Enable Windows Sandbox

Enabling sandbox is very simple. Click Start menu and search for Windows Features and it will show you ‘Turn Windows Features On/Off’. Open it.

Search for Windows Sandbox and check it to enable it.

Now to launch Sandbox, click start menu again and search for ‘sandbox‘ and it will show you the app. Open it and you will be presented with a clean OS with default apps launched in a remote desktop like session.

Perform any activity or run any executable within the sandbox and once you are done, you can close it to destroy everything within it. Sandbox can be mainly used to test various settings in windows. If you want to make any registry changes and are afraid of messing up your OS, then sandbox is the best option. Also, sandbox comes very handy when you have downloaded any program from internet and fear of any viruses present in it. You can test it in sandbox and when you feel it is safe, you can then run it in your main OS.

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