Microsoft Windows Sandbox, enable, install and use

Windows 10 Sandbox is a lightweight desktop virtual environment similar to Microsoft Hyper-V and Oracles VirtualBox. Unlike the Hyper-V and the Virtualbox, the Windows Sandbox environment is limited in
features and options but has enough features to quickly install and test any untrusted applications. One big difference between the main stream virtual machines to the Sandbox is when you close the Sandbox environment, everything you installed within the Windows Sandbox is permanently deleted.

  • Windows Sandbox is only available on the Windows 10 pro. version
  • Every time you start a new Windows Sandbox environment you get a fresh new, isolated Windows 10 Sandbox.
  • Everything you install within the Windows Sandbox is deleted when you close the application.
  • Great for testing untrusted applications, or test application features. 
  • Good for surfing questionable websites.

Enabling Sandbox on windows 10 pro.

Start -> Settings -> Apps 

Click, Programs and Features

Click Turn Windows features on or off

Click the check box left of Windows Sandbox and clicking “OK”. Reboot the computer to complete the Windows Sandbox installation.

Start Windows Sandbox

Start -> Windows Sandbox -> More -> Run as administrator

Clean, fresh new Windows Sandbox environment appears.

Two ways to install an application within the Windows Sandbox environment, you can either use the Internet browser inside the Windows Sandbox to download the application or from the desktop, drag and drop the application into the Windows Sandbox.

In my example I used the browser within the Windows Sandbox environment to download VLC Media Player.

As you can see within the Windows Sandbox, the environment created a virtual folder under the “Program Files” ( “Program Files -> VideoLAN”).

Screenshot below; taken outside the Windows Sandbox environment, the folder “Program Files -> VideoLAN doesn’t exist but it does in the Windows Sandbox..

Hope this helped.

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