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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

How to Run Sanbox on Windows 10 to Safely Test Apps [VMWare Alternative]

Microsoft has released an Insider Preview Build that includes the new Windows Sandbox feature. If you’re on the Fast track, you can download and start using it today.

How to Run Sanbox on Windows 10 to Safely Test Apps [VMWare Alternative]

Note: Windows Sandbox is not available on Windows 10 Home. It’s only available on Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10.

In short, Windows Sandbox is half app, half virtual machine. It lets you quickly spin up a virtual clean OS imaged from your system’s current state so that you can test programs or files in a secure environment that’s isolated from your main system. When you close the sandbox, it destroys that state. Nothing can get from the sandbox to your main installation of Windows, and nothing remains after closing it.

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How to activate the Windows Sandbox feature on Windows 10?

First, make sure you have installed the latest update of Windows 10. Then, go to the search box and write 'Turn windows features on or off'. Open it.

In the Windows Features window, enable the “Windows Sandbox” checkbox.

Click “OK” and then let Windows restart.

After Windows restarts, you can find Windows Sandbox on the Start Menu. Either type “Windows Sandbox” into the search bar or dig through the menu and then double-click on the Icon. When it asks, permit it to have administrative privileges.

You should then see a near replica of your current OS.

There are some differences. It’s a clean Windows installation, so you’ll see the default wallpaper and nothing but the default apps that come with Windows.

The virtual OS is dynamically generated from your main Windows OS, so it will always run the same version of Windows 10 you are using, and it will always be fully up to date. That latter fact is especially nice, as a traditional VM requires taking the time to update the OS on its own.

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