How to Enable Windows Sandbox

The Windows Sandbox provides an isolated desktop where you can run software that might compromise your current Windows environment. Every time Windows Sandbox is started, you will be presented with a clean installation of Windows, meaning no files are preserved from the previous session.

Enable Windows Sandbox

Here are a few details before you can use Windows Sandbox. You must be running Windows 10 (18305 or later) 64-bit Pro or Enterprise SKUs, with at least 4GB of RAM, virtualization capabilities enabled in the BIOS, 1GB of free disk space, and at least 2 CPU cores.

Windows Sandbox is a built-in Windows feature which you can enable from the Control Panel.

  • Open the Control Panel.
  • Click Programs.
  • Under Programs and Features, click Turn Windows features on or off.
  • Give consent or provide an administrator password in the UAC prompt.
Enable Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 build 18305 (Image Credit: Microsoft)
Enable Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 build 18305 (Image Credit: Microsoft)
  • Scroll down the list in the Windows Features dialog and check the box next to Windows Sandbox.
  • Click OK to install the feature.

You might be prompted to restart your device.

Using Windows Sandbox

Once the installation is complete, you can obtain access by clicking in your start menu and typing Windows Sandbox. You’ll need to provide UAC consent to run the sandbox. Once Windows has booted in the sandbox, you can copy any files you want to run on the desktop from the host device. As soon as the sandbox window is closed, all the files and changes made are discarded.

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