Windows Sandbox is a feature introduced in Microsoft Windows 10 May 2019 update. This feature allows an individual to create a duplicate yet secluded working environment, same as the original Windows on their host machine.
Sandbox allows you to run applications in a workspace that is not a part of the original operating system, and takes a temporary space of about 100 MB. However, this feature was only introduced for Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise editions.
By default, this feature is not applicable to Windows 10 Home Edition. Here, we will be discussing how we may enable the Windows Sandbox in the Home Edition. This would allow any Home Edition user to create a duplicate workspace to test any malicious software or application without risking their actual host operating system. It would also save the time and space required to create a virtual machine using hypervisors.
Like any software, Windows Sandbox has its prerequisites which will need to be ensured in order to run it. These include the following mandatory requirements even if you are running the Windows 10 Home edition:
- At least Windows 10 Version 1903.
- Hardware Virtualization is enabled (from BIOS settings).
- Have at least 4 GB of RAM and 1 GB of free space on the hard drive.
- At least 2 processor cores.
Enable Sandbox mode in Windows 10 Home Edition
Once you have made sure that all the requirements are fulfilled, follow the steps below:
- Download the following script:
Sandbox Installer for Windows 10 Home Edition (1.1 KiB, 515 hits)
- Run the .bat file and it should ask you to run with administrative privileges. Press the Yes button and the batch file should be completed within a few minutes.
- Press Y to restart Windows to make the Sandbox feature visible in Windows Features.
Activate Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 Home Edition
- Go to Run –> optionalfeatures. This will open the Windows optional features window.
- Check Windows Sandbox and press OK. This will enable Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 Home. Restart the computer if required.
Once the feature has been enabled, the user may search for “Windows Sandbox” in the Start Menu and run the application with administrative rights.
Uninstall Sandbox mode from Windows 10 Home Edition
Removing sandbox mode from Windows 10 Home Edition is also very easy. Just download and run the following .bat script and it will remove all the components used by the Sandbox mode.
Sandbox Uninstaller for Windows 10 Home Edition (1.1 KiB, 219 hits)
You can also enable other features not present in Windows 10 Home Edition. Here’s the list:
- Enable group policy editor in Windows 10 Home
- How to Enable Local User and Group Management (lusrmgr.msc) Console in Windows 10 Home
- How To Enable Hyper-V On Windows 10 Home
- How To Enable Remote Desktop In Windows 10 Home (RDP)