Do you want to try out and test new software programs, but don’t want a potentially risky program harming your current Windows environment? You need a way to safely isolate such programs so they can’t interfere with the rest of Windows. For that, you can turn to Windows Sandbox, which Microsoft introduced with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.
The Sandbox provides an isolated, temporary virtual environment through which you can download, install, and run unknown and untested applications. Beyond using the Sandbox to run unknown applications, you can use it to check out websites that seem suspicious, unfamiliar browser extensions and add-ons, and other items you might not want to run in your regular Windows environment. You can also use it to install trial software you don’t want to clutter up your core Windows system.
If any malware or other dangerous content rears its head, it’s restricted to the Sandbox, so the rest of Windows remains safe and protected. After you’re done using the application or other item, simply close the Sandbox, and all is gone and forgotten with no lasting residue.
The Sandbox is lightweight; it only takes up 100MB of storage space. The main downside is that Sandbox is supported only in Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise. Windows 10 Home users are out of luck.
Now, let’s dig into the Sandbox.
Are You Running the May 2019 Update?
Enable Windows Sandbox
Open Windows Sandbox
Install Programs in Sandbox
Internet Connection in Sandbox