How to install Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 in three steps

Starting with Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you can use the new Windows Sandbox to run a free virtual machine with Windows 10, in which you can safely execute anything you wish: potentially malicious e-mail attachments that you have received, apps that you are developing or testing, and so on. It is an excellent feature for anyone who needs a safe, isolated environment that does affect the PC on which it is running. In this guide, we show you how to install Windows Sandbox in Windows 10:

NOTE: Windows Sandbox is available only for Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise, starting with May 2019 Update. If you do not know what version or edition of Windows 10 you have installed, read this guide: How to check the Windows 10 version, OS build, edition, or type.

Step 1. Open the Windows Features window

The Windows Sandbox is not directly installed with Windows 10. You need to activate this feature from Windows Features. You can access Windows Features by searching for "windows features" in the search box on the taskbar, and clicking the search result that says "Turn Windows features on or off."

Search for windows features in Windows 10

Alternatively, you can open the Control Panel, go to Programs and then click the link that says "Turn Windows features on or off."

Click Turn Windows features on or off

The Windows Features window is now visible.

Step 2. Enable Windows Sandbox and reboot

Scroll down the list of Windows features, until you find Windows Sandbox.

Select the box near its name and press OK.

Enable Windows Sandbox in Windows 10

Wait a while for Windows Sandbox to get installed. When done, you are informed. To use this app right away, close all open apps and files, and click or tap Restart now.

Windows needs a restart to finalize installing Windows Sandbox

Step 3. Start Windows Sandbox in Windows 10

After Windows 10 restarts, open the Start Menu, and look for the Windows Sandbox shortcut, in the list of apps that start with the letter W.

The Windows Sandbox shortcut

Did you manage to install Windows Sandbox successfully?

Now you know how to install Windows Sandbox in Windows 10. You can then use it to test software you do not trust, run files that may be dangerous to your security, in an isolated environment that doesn't harm your PC. Before closing this tutorial, tell us whether you succeeded in installing Windows Sandbox without errors.

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