With the release of the Windows 10 update in version 1903, a new feature was brought to debut, integrated directly into the Microsoft operating system called Windows Sandbox. The result of some experiments that Microsoft had already carried out in the recent past. Now with Windows 11 OS, you can also activate Windows Sandbox so that you run untrusted apps in isolation.
Once activated, it allows you to run any application in an environment isolated from the rest of the operating system. It ensures that any changes applied to the operating system have no effect on it once the application is closed.
Steps to enable Windows 11 Sandbox
Step 1: You need to press the Win + R shortcut keys and then enter optionalfeatures.exe into the Run Dialog box.
Step 2: Click on Enter and you will see the “Turn Windows features on or off” Dialog under “Windows Feature”.
Step 3: Now you have to select the check box next to the Windows Sandbox and click OK.
Step 4: Close the Windows Features Dialog and you will see the “Restart Now” button.
Step 5: Click on the Restart Now button to apply the changes.
That’s it! now you can start using Windows Sandbox. But before you start, you can read the uses of the Sandbox feature below.
When to use Windows 11 Sandbox
There are many possible fields of application for a tool like Windows 11 Sandbox. For example:
1. You can use Windows Sandbox as a test environment so that you can do all the tests possible without damaging the main installation of the operating system.
2. Start an application you have doubts about without it being able to damage the main system in any way. From Windows 11 Sandbox you will be able to monitor the operation of the program, subject it to a thorough scan, check the changes it applies to the system and decide only at the end whether to install it in Windows 11.
3. Check the behaviour of an attachment in an e-mail message about which you have doubts.
In all three situations, just close Windows Sandbox to get rid of all the elements without them having been able to make the slightest change on the main system. However, it is essential to always keep Windows 11 updated with the installation of patches released every month by Microsoft.