How to enable Windows Sandbox on a Windows 10 Pro computer

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edited June 2021 in Software
Windows Sandbox is a newer lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation similar to a virtual machine. This feature is not enabled by default but can easily be turned on for any Windows 10 Pro systems after the Windows 10 1903 build.

Unfortunately, this feature is not in Windows 10 Home and you would need to use third-party software, or upgrade to Windows 10 Pro as the official Windows software would not be available to Home users. 

Here is how to get that on your Windows 10 Pro PC:

  1. To begin this process, press the Windows key on your keyboard and the letter R at the same time to open a Run window. Type appwiz.cpl into the Run window and press OK.

    Run window appwizcpl

  2. In the Programs and Features window that appears, select Turn Windows features on or off.

    Programs and Features Turn Windows features on or off

  3. Scroll down in the Turn Windows features on or off window and check the box next to Windows Sandbox then click OK.
    Windows features on or off Windows Sandbox

  4. A new window will appear that will start searching for required files. Once complete, the computer needs to be restarted to complete. Choose Restart Now to start this process. Once restarted, the computer will show an updating Windows screen.

    Windows Features searching for required files

    Windows Features Restart now

  5. To open Sandbox, once logged back in to Windows, select the Start button and locate Windows Sandbox in your list of programs. It will open a new window upon opening.

    Windows Sandbox in list of programs

    Windows Sandbox program window

  6. To ensure you are in the Sandbox window, verify you see the "Windows Sandbox" menu bar at the top of the window.

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