What is Windows Sandbox?
Windows Sandbox is a temporary, secure, and isolated virtual environment where you can test new or unreliable software and play with other settings and configurations. Microsoft has made this possible by creating a separate kernel for its own hypervisor. When you open the sandbox, you’ll notice that Windows has created a new, clean operating system that describes directly from your system.
Because the guest core is separate from the host core, the sandbox is completely isolated from the actual operating system. No matter what you do in the Sandbox, all changes will be removed when you close it. When you reopen it, it is pure slate.
The best thing about Windows Sandbox is that it is lightweight (about 100MB) and fast.
Of course, when you compare Windows Sandbox to a full installation of Windows in Virtual Box or VMware, it lacks some useful features like drag-and-drop support, snapshots, and more. However, traditional virtual machines are slow and consume a lot of system resources. and perform several steps to install and configure correctly.
So if you’re looking for a simple, fast, secure, and disposable sandbox environment for testing software or settings, Windows Sandbox is a great choice.
In order to install and use Windows Sandbox, your system must meet a few requirements.
- First, you must use Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise with the May 2019 update (v1903).
- The system must be 64-bit and support hardware virtualization.
- Ideally, your system should have at least 4 GB of RAM.
- The processor must have at least two cores. Microsoft recommends four cores with hyperthreading to ensure consistent performance.
After confirming all of these requirements, follow the instructions below to install Windows Sandbox.
Install Windows Sandbox
Installing the Windows sandbox is fairly simple. All you have to do is select one checkbox and you are done.
1. First, open the Start menu, find “Enable or disable Windows features,” and click Print. Here you can enable various advanced features such as Windows Sandbox and Hyper-V.
2. In the new Windows Properties window, scroll down, find the “Windows Sandbox” option, select the check box, and click the “OK” button.
3. As soon as you click the OK button, Windows will download all the necessary files and apply the changes.
4. When you are finished, you will need to restart Windows.
5. After the restart, locate the Windows sandbox on the Start menu and click Print.
6. Windows will now launch the Sandbox. It looks like your regular Windows machine. In fact, you can even access the Internet and all settings.
7. When you have finished using the Windows sandbox, click the X icon in the upper-left corner. The sandbox displays a warning message indicating that the space will be cleared after the sandbox is closed. Click the “OK” button to continue.
To turn Windows Sandbox on or off, all you have to do is deselect Windows Sandbox in step 2.
Windows Sandbox is a neat little feature that is very useful for testing new software, settings, and configurations. Even if you don’t regularly use the Windows Sandbox feature, I recommend that you enable it because it can be a useful tool. Of course, it lacks some of the features you get by using standard virtual machine software like VMware or VirtualBox, but it replaces it with ease of use and fast performance.
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