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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Windows Sandbox

Let’s have a quick look at the new Windows Sandbox feature.

Windows Sandbox is a feature of Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise (right now only in insider builds).

Virtualization must be enabled in the BIOS.

If you are using a physical machine, it depends on the hardware but something like this on a Lenovo:

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If your testing on VMware workstation, enable Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI:

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If you are using Hyper-v, enable nested virtualization with this PowerShell command:

Set-VMProcessor -VMName <VMName> -ExposeVirtualizationExtensions $true

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When virtualization is in place, you can enable Windows Sandbox in Programs and Features:

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Select Windows Sandbox:

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Restart Windows:

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Windows will do some customization:

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And after that you can find Windows Sandbox in the start menu:

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Allow elevation (meaning that you unfortunately need to be a local admin):

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And Windows Sandbox is avaiable:

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If you maximize Windows Sandbox, you will see the blue information in the top just like on a Remote Desktop connection:

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We can copy files from our own computer to Windows Sandbox with copy and past:

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Paste the file to Windows Sandbox:

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File now in Windows Sandbox:

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When we close the program, Sandbox will discard all the changes we made, so let do some changes.

First we disable Windows Firewall:

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Delete the Edge icon on the desktop:

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And finally move the taskbar to the left side:

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When closing Windows Sandbox it will warn us that all changes will be permanently lost:

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Starting Windows Sandbox again and our file is gone, Edge icon is back, Firewall is on and the taskbar is back in the bottom, just as expected.

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