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    Enable Windows Sandbox Feature in Windows 10 Home Edition

    How to Enable Windows Sandbox Feature in Windows 10 Home Edition
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    24 May 2019
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    How to Enable Windows Sandbox Feature in Windows 10 Home Edition


    Starting with Windows 10 build 18305, Microsoft introduced Windows Sandbox.

    Windows Sandbox is a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation.

    How many times have you downloaded an executable file, but were afraid to run it? Have you ever been in a situation which required a clean installation of Windows, but didn’t want to set up a virtual machine?

    At Microsoft, they regularly encounter these situations, so they developed Windows Sandbox: an isolated desktop environment where you can run untrusted software without the fear of lasting impact to your device. Any software installed in Windows Sandbox stays only in the sandbox and cannot affect your host. Once Windows Sandbox is closed, all the software with all of its files and state are permanently deleted.

    Windows Sandbox has the following properties:
    • Part of Windows – everything required for this feature ships with Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. No need to download a VHD!
    • Pristine – every time Windows Sandbox runs, it’s as clean as a brand-new installation of Windows
    • Disposable – nothing persists on the device; everything is discarded after you close the application
    • Secure – uses hardware-based virtualization for kernel isolation, which relies on the Microsoft Hypervisor to run a separate kernel which isolates Windows Sandbox from the host
    • Efficient – uses integrated kernel scheduler, smart memory management, and virtual GPU

    Prerequisites for using the feature
    • Windows 10 build 18305 or higher
    • AMD64 architecture (64-bit)
    • Virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS
    • At least 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
    • At least 1 GB of free disk space (SSD recommended)
    • At least 2 CPU cores (4 cores with hyperthreading recommended)

    This tutorial will show you how to enable the Windows Sandbox feature on a PC with Windows 10 Home edition installed.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable Windows Sandbox.

    If you have Controlled Folder Access turn on, you will need to temporarily turn it off until after you have finished enabling Windows Sandbox.


    EXAMPLE: Windows Sandbox
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    Here's How:

    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the sandbox-installer.zip file created by Deskmodder.

    download

    2. Save the sandbox-installer.zip file to your desktop.

    3. Unblock the sandbox-installer.zip file.

    4. Open the unblocked sandbox-installer.zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the Sandbox Installer.bat file to your desktop.

    5. Run the Sandbox Installer.bat file.

    Contents of .bat file:
    Code:
    @echo off
    
    echo Checking for permissions
    >nul 2>&1 "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\cacls.exe" "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\config\system"
    
    echo Permission check result: %errorlevel%
    
    REM --> If error flag set, we do not have admin.
    if '%errorlevel%' NEQ '0' (
    echo Requesting administrative privileges...
    goto UACPrompt
    ) else ( goto gotAdmin )
    
    :UACPrompt
    echo Set UAC = CreateObject^("Shell.Application"^) > "%temp%\getadmin.vbs"
    echo UAC.ShellExecute "%~s0", "", "", "runas", 1 >> "%temp%\getadmin.vbs"
    
    echo Running created temporary "%temp%\getadmin.vbs"
    timeout /T 2
    "%temp%\getadmin.vbs"
    exit /B
    
    :gotAdmin
    if exist "%temp%\getadmin.vbs" ( del "%temp%\getadmin.vbs" )
    pushd "%CD%"
    CD /D "%~dp0" 
    
    echo Batch was successfully started with admin privileges
    echo .
    cls
    Title Sandbox Installer
    
    pushd "%~dp0"
    
    dir /b %SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\*Containers*.mum >sandbox.txt
    
    for /f %%i in ('findstr /i . sandbox.txt 2^>nul') do dism /online /norestart /add-package:"%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\%%i"
    
    del sandbox.txt
    
    Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:Containers-DisposableClientVM /LimitAccess /ALL
    
    pause

    6. Click/tap on Yes when prompted by UAC.

    7. A command prompt window will now open to install the Windows Sandbox feature on your Windows 10 Home PC. When finished, type Y when prompted, and press Enter to restart the computer to apply. (see screenshot below)

    Be sure to save and close everything before typing Y and pressing Enter to restart the computer.

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    8. After your computer has finished restarting, you will now be able to enable and disable Windows Sandbox (click on link) as you like on your Windows 10 Home edition computer.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 1809 17763.437
       #1

    @Brink, look at this thread: Unable to install Sandbox in Build 1903, especially post by @Bree. Looks like you need to add something about Controlled Folder Access in this tutorial perhaps?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18917
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Ztruker said: View Post
    @Brink, look at this thread: Unable to install Sandbox in Build 1903, especially post by @Bree. Looks like you need to add something about Controlled Folder Access in this tutorial perhaps?

    Thank you Rich. I added a warning to the tutorial to help others prevent the same issue.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 7,907
    Windows 10 Pro X64 1809 17763.437
       #3

    You're welcome Shawn, thanks for making the update.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4.    #4

    @Brink, doesn't Virtualization still need to be enabled in the BIOS (UEFI) for this to work?

    Thanks
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18917
    Thread Starter
       #5

    sygnus21 said: View Post
    @Brink, doesn't Virtualization still need to be enabled in the BIOS (UEFI) for this to work?

    Thanks
    Correct, it does.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  6.    #6

    Thanks Shawn.

    Peace:)
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  7.    #7

    Using Windows 10 1903 Home Edition


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    Please How do I fix this
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  8.    #8

    Feature name unknown


    When I try to run the script it runs for a while and then throws up tis error:

    Error: 0x800f080c

    Feature name Containers-DisposableClientVM is unknown.
    A Windows feature name was not recognized.

    Does anyone know if there is a way to fix this?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 39,688
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18917
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Cmd858 said: View Post
    When I try to run the script it runs for a while and then throws up tis error:

    Error: 0x800f080c

    Feature name Containers-DisposableClientVM is unknown.
    A Windows feature name was not recognized.

    Does anyone know if there is a way to fix this?

    Hello Cmd858, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Just to verify, does your PC meet all the prerequisites listed at the top of this tutorial?
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 
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