Windows Sandbox is known as a new virtual machine environment coming over for Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterpris in 2019, which are available as being an optional component within Windows. Microsoft details the upcoming feature inside of a blog post published yesterday, describing being “a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation”.
At Microsoft we regularly encounter these situations, and we developed Windows Sandbox: a remote, temporary, desktop environment where you can run untrusted software without the fear of lasting impact on your PC. Any software running in Windows Sandbox stays only inside of the sandbox and should not affect your host. Once Windows Sandbox is closed, every single software with all its files and state are permanently deleted.”
Microsoft lists these characteristics for Windows Sandbox, outlining the secure and non-persistent “disposable” nature using the environment:
Part of Windows – everything needed this feature ships with Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. If you want to download a VHD!
Pristine – each and every Windows Sandbox runs, it’s as clean getting brand-new installation of Windows
Disposable – nothing persists upon the device; things discarded when you close the applying
Secure – uses hardware-based virtualization for kernel isolation, which is dependent upon the Microsoft’s hypervisor to try a separate kernel which isolates Windows Sandbox of your host
Efficient – uses integrated kernel scheduler, smart memory management, and virtual GPU
The community requires a sytem with an AMD64 architecture running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise build 18305 or later, considering the rather slim minimum requirements of just 4GB of memory, 2 CPU cores, and 1 GB of free space (with 8GB RAM, 4 cores, and SSD storage recommended).
Total blog post goes into further detail employing a full “under the hood” glance at Windows Sandbox, which amongst other things offers graphics hardware acceleration “with Windows dynamically allocating graphics resources where they may be needed all through the host and guest”.
Relating to availability, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley had reported that although the feature was originally “expected to go to Windows 10 19H1 early next year” it would be available to Insider tester as early as this week with Build 18301 of Windows 10 – even so 18301 and earlier 18292 build referenced in Foley’s post have apparently been taken out of the Microsoft text, which now exclusively lists Build 18305.