What is Windows Sandbox?

Windows Sandbox is a lightweight desktop environment that runs as a virtual machine. It allows you to run untrusted or potentially malicious software in an isolated environment, so that if the software does something harmful, it cannot affect your computer.

How to enable Windows Sandbox

To enable Windows Sandbox, you need to have the following:

  • Windows 10 version 1903 or later
  • The Hyper-V feature enabled

To enable the Hyper-V feature, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Windows Features dialog box.
  2. Check the Hyper-V box.
  3. Click OK.

Once the Hyper-V feature is enabled, you can enable Windows Sandbox by following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Apps > Apps & features.
  3. Scroll down and click on “Turn Windows features on or off”.
  4. Check the Windows Sandbox box.
  5. Click OK.
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How to use Windows Sandbox

To use Windows Sandbox, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Windows Sandbox app.
  2. Click on the “Create” button.
  3. The Windows Sandbox will start up and you will be presented with a new desktop environment.
  4. You can now install and run any software you want in the Windows Sandbox environment.
  5. When you are finished, you can close the Windows Sandbox app and all of the software and data in the sandbox will be deleted.

Benefits of using Windows Sandbox

Windows Sandbox offers several benefits, including:

  • It can help you to test untrusted or potentially malicious software without putting your computer at risk.
  • It can help you to troubleshoot problems with software by running it in a controlled environment.
  • It can help you to learn about new software without having to install it on your computer.
  • It can be used to create a safe environment for testing security vulnerabilities.

Limitations of Windows Sandbox

Windows Sandbox has a few limitations, including:

  • It is a temporary environment, so any changes you make will be lost when you close the sandbox.
  • It cannot be used to run software that requires administrative privileges.
  • It cannot be used to run software that needs to access hardware devices, such as printers or cameras.

Overall, Windows Sandbox is a powerful tool that can be used to improve your computer security and productivity. It is a relatively new feature, so it is still under development, but it has the potential to be a valuable tool for many users.

I hope this article was helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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