Microsoft’s Windows Sandbox is a lightweight virtual machine environment designed to provide a secure and isolated environment for testing and running untrusted applications. It enables users to quickly launch and test potentially harmful software without affecting the operating system. This article will walk you through the process of enabling Windows Sandbox on your Windows 10/11 device, allowing you to experiment and troubleshoot in a safe environment.
Enabling Windows Sandbox is a simple process that requires only a few steps to install the required components and enable the feature. Check that your system meets the following requirements before proceeding:
- Windows 10/11 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition
- AMD64 architecture
- Virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS
- At least 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
- At least 1 GB of free disk space
- Confirm that your computer’s processor supports virtualization and that it is enabled in the BIOS settings. The exact steps to enable virtualization may vary depending on your device’s manufacturer and BIOS version.
To enable Windows Sandbox, follow these steps:
- Open the Start menu and search for “Windows Features.”
- Select “Turn Windows features on or off” from the search results.
- Scroll down the list of features and locate “Windows Sandbox.”
- Check the box next to “Windows Sandbox” to enable the feature.
- Click “OK” and wait for the changes to take effect.
- Restart the machine
Once you have enabled Windows Sandbox, you can launch it by following these steps:
- Open the Start menu and search for “Windows Sandbox.”
- Select “Windows Sandbox” from the search results.
- Wait for Windows Sandbox to initialize and launch the virtual environment.
Simply close the Windows Sandbox window once you’ve finished testing an application. All changes made within the sandbox are discarded, ensuring that your host system is not compromised by potential malware or unwanted software.
To enable Windows Sandbox using PowerShell, you can use the following steps:
- Open PowerShell with administrative privileges. To do this, right-click on the Start button, select “Windows PowerShell (Admin),” or search for PowerShell in the Start menu, right-click on “Windows PowerShell,” and choose “Run as administrator.”
- In the PowerShell window, run the following command to enable the Windows Sandbox feature:
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -FeatureName “Containers-DisposableClientVM” -All -Online
- Restart the machine