How to Enable or Disable Printer Sharing with Windows Sandbox in Windows 10


Windows Sandbox provides a lightweight desktop environment to safely run applications in isolation. Software installed inside the Windows Sandbox environment remains "sandboxed" and runs separately from the host machine.

A sandbox is temporary. When it's closed, all the software and files and the state are deleted. You get a brand-new instance of the sandbox every time you open the application.

Starting with Windows 10 build 20161, a new group policy setting was added that enables or disables printer sharing from the host into the Sandbox.

If you enable or do not configure this policy setting, host (Windows 10 PC) printers will be shared into Windows Sandbox.

If you disable this policy setting, Windows Sandbox will not be able to view printers from the host (Windows 10 PC).

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable printer sharing with Windows Sandbox for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable printer sharing with Windows Sandbox.

Windows Sandbox is only available for the Windows 10 Pro and Windows Enterprise editions build 18305 and higher.



Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Printer Sharing with Windows Sandbox in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Printer Sharing with Windows Sandbox using a REG file






OPTION ONE

Enable or Disable Printer Sharing with Windows Sandbox in Local Group Policy Editor


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Sandbox

Enable or Disable Printer Sharing with Windows Sandbox in Windows 10-windows_sandbox_printer_sharing_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of Windows Sandbox in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Allow printer sharing with Windows Sandbox policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


5 To Enable Printer Sharing with Windows Sandbox

A) Select (dot) Enabled or Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Not Configured is the default setting.


6 To Disable Printer Sharing with Windows Sandbox

A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Enable or Disable Printer Sharing with Windows Sandbox in Windows 10-windows_sandbox_printer_sharing_gpedit-2.png


7 Close the Local Group Policy Editor.






OPTION TWO

Enable or Disable Printer Sharing with Windows Sandbox using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Sandbox

AllowPrinterRedirection DWORD

(delete) = Enable
0 = Disable


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


2 To Enable Printer Sharing with Windows Sandbox

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_printer_sharing_with_Windows_Sandbox.reg

Download


3 To Disable Printer Sharing with Windows Sandbox

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_printer_sharing_with_Windows_Sandbox.reg

Download


4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You could now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn