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Hello, how are you today? Windows 10 is an operating system in constant growth and evolution. It is well known that, since a while ago, Microsoft has abandoned the policy of releasing new versions of its operating systems. On the contrary, new updates are released that improve system performance or include some new features. Actually, the most recent update is May 2019 corresponding to Windows 10 1903 version. However, some users have experienced problems with the sound, network or high CPU usage. But, we repeat that they have been specific cases, and the company has been releasing solutions and patches for these problems. Nevertheless, in this post, we are going to talk about the positive news that Windows updates bring. In this case, we will see how to enable and use the Sandbox tool.

Introduction

A sandbox is an isolated testing environment that enables users to run programs or execute files without affecting the application, system or platform on which they run. In other words, sandbox provides a fully functional system that is independent of the main system. Now, what makes the sandbox safe is that it runs in the ram memory of the PC. For that reason, once the computer is turned off, all changes disappear. This function has many advantages and potential uses. For example, developers can test codes safely and without risk of damaging the system. Likewise, it can also be used to test potentially dangerous codes without the risk of damaging the PC or any of its components. Besides, if a user wants to test an application safely before installing it definitively.

Prerequisites

  • Windows 10 or Windows Enterprise
  • May 2019 Update (Windows 10 Version 1903)
  • 64-bit processor with at least 2 cores
  • Virtualization
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 1 GB hard drive

To find out about virtualization, please check out our article on Hyper V in Windows 10.

Enable Sandbox in Windows 10

All right, let is start using Sandbox on Windows 10. This feature is not activated by default, but activating it is not very difficult. In the first place, type control on the search bar to enter in Control Panel.

Type control on the search bar
Type control on the search bar

Within the control panel, select programs.

Control Panel>Programs
Control Panel>Programs

On the next screen, choose Turn windows features on or off.

Enable features
Enable features

Next, a floating window will appear with the Windows features. Browse the features to get Windows Sandbox. Please check the box to enable the feature.

Enable Windows Sandbox on Windows Feature section
Enable Windows Sandbox on Windows Feature section

The wizard will start searching for the necessary files. It will then apply the changes and complete the process.

Wizard seeking for the files
Wizard seeking for the files
Installing the sandbox feature
Installing the sandbox feature
Windows sandbox is enabled
Windows sandbox is enabled

Starting sandbox

Every time you want to start an isolated environment to test applications. Or simply explore the functions of the sandbox, just type sandbox in the search bar.

Starting Windows Sandbox
Starting Windows Sandbox

Finally, you just need to wait while the application loads. And we will already have a clean version of Windows 10 running in a window.

A sandbox running on Windows 10
A sandbox running on Windows 10

In the final analysis, the process to activate and use the sandbox is simple to do. However, it is a powerful tool to run tests without putting the host system at risk. All right, that’s it for now. Before saying goodbye, I invite you to join our Telegram channel.

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