Windows Sandbox is a new feature introduced as a part of the Windows 10 May 2019 update. It is a long-awaited addition that allows users to run applications inside a safe environment. It means that you can test any app in the Sandbox and see the changes it might make to your operating system.

IT experts have been using virtual machines for testing out potentially dangerous apps. Windows Sandbox is incredibly convenient since it is readily available to you as a part of the operating system. So there is no need to download virtual machines from the internet because this lightweight app has everything you need.  

What is Sandbox and How it Works?

Sandbox is both an app and a virtual machine. It uses hypervisor and hardware virtualization to create a kernel that is not connected to your Windows installation. Therefore, you will get a compact and separate version of Windows where you may try out apps without affecting or changing your operating system.

Essentially, this feature provides a user with a small Windows installation that is not bigger than 100MB. It has all the necessary apps and allows you to install any software you want. Of course, Sandbox sessions are disposable. So every time you launch the Sandbox, you will get a fresh Windows install for you to play in. Once you close a session, it will not end up in the recycling bin. Instead, everything is fully removed from the machine. It is an excellent way to boost your security and prevent untrusted applications from making changes to your computer.

Steps To Enable Windows Sandbox In Windows 11

1. Open the Windows Search icon. Type Command Prompt in the search panel and click on Run As Administrator.

2. To Enable Windows Sandbox, Copy and paste the command given below, and press Enter.

Reboot the PC if it prompts you. Type Y when ready to restart.

Dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:"Containers-DisposableClientVM" -All

3. To Disable Windows Sandbox, Copy and paste the command given below, and press Enter.

Dism /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:"Containers-DisposableClientVM"

That’s all!


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