Windows Sandbox is an application integrated to the operating system. It allows you to create a virtual environment for testing and is designed primarily for you to run unreliable or incomplete applications separately from the rest of the operating system. With the release of the update for Windows 10 May 2019, several features were added. Without a doubt, Windows Sandbox is one of the most interesting.
Activating this feature and running a complete virtual Windows environment within your existing installation only require a couple of steps. It does not imply buying or operating any additional software, so here you will find more information about how you can enable it and use it directly on your own laptop or desktop computer.
Step 1: Verify that your computer has virtualization support
One of the prerequisites for using Windows Sandbox is to verify your computer's support for virtualization. This technology allows your computer to take advantage of its computing power to separate devices from programs. It is usually a configuration available in the BIOS how Enable virtualization support.
In our Dell XPS 15, we verify this option by pressing F2 at startup, selecting Virtualization and then by clicking on Enable Intel Virtualization Technology and pressing OK.
You can get more information on how to enable virtualization on your device by consulting the support documents available from the manufacturer of your computer.
Step 2: Verify or update your version of Windows 10
As mentioned earlier, Windows Sandbox is only available for Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. If you are running Windows 10 Home, which comes with most new computers, you cannot use Windows Sandbox.
You can verify your version of Windows by going to the start menu and typing About.
Then choose About your PC from the search results list. This should open the Windows 10 Settings. Go down to the bottom of the screen and check Windows Specifications.
If you see Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you are ready to start. Otherwise, you can update your version of Windows by visiting the Microsoft Store application in Windows 10 and entering a search for Windows 10 Pro. A typical upgrade license costs $ 100.
In addition to Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you should also ensure that your computer has an AMD64 architecture and a minimum of 4 GB of RAM and 1 GB of free space. These are the settings recommended by Microsoft for Windows Sandbox.
Step 3: go to the classic Windows Control Panel
Windows Sandbox is not activated by default in the Windows 10 May 2019 update. You must manually enable it with the Windows 7 classic control panel.
To do so, look for the Control Panel in the start menu or in the search box. Then, click on the Control Panel in the results list.
Then, in the search bar that runs in the upper right of the Control Panel window, type: Enable or disable Windows features. You should see a result in the upper left. Click on that option.
Step 4: Search for Windows Sandbox in the list of Windows features
Windows 10 download the necessary files for the Sandbox function, and then you must restart your computer to apply the changes.
When you restart, you will get a screen similar to the one you have when you install Windows 10 security updates. It should not take much more than two or three minutes.
Step 5: Start Windows Sandbox
After restarting, you can start Windows Sandbox from the menu Start. It should appear at the bottom of the list of applications, but be sure to select Execute as an administrator when you click on l. Alternatively, you can search for it by typing Windows Sandbox in the Start menu and starting it.
Once you have started, the Windows Sandbox logo will appear on your screen in a rectangular box. This is a loading screen, so don't worry. After a few seconds, another window should appear with the desktop and the Windows taskbar. This is your new Windows 10 virtual Sandbox, and a safe place to test your applications.
Step 6: Transfer files and other incomplete software
Once Window Sandbox starts, you can transfer an installer for the software you want to test between your physical computer and your sandbox. To do this, search for the file you want to transfer. Then do right click and select Copy.
Now, return to the window with Windows Sandbox. make right click in the desktop space and select Paste.
Then you can double click on the installer file and run it in Windows Sandbox, just as you will on your computer. Keep in mind that you cannot drag and drop files between your physical computer and Sandbox. However, you can use Microsoft Edge to download any file for testing, just as you would on your normal computer.
Step 7: Close, navigate the Sandbox and other tips and tricks
You can browse Windows Sandbox as you will with a standard computer, but you can also do it full screen, making it your main machine. You can press the Ctrl + Alt + Pause keys on your keyboard to switch Sandbox to full screen mode.
In addition, there is no need to close the Sandbox once you are done. Simply exit full screen mode and press the X button as you would with a normal application to close the session. You will receive a warning that all configurations and everything that is installed will be removed, just as Sandbox is designed to do.