System hacks: install a “sandbox” for Windows 10 Home Edition

Since Windows 10 build 18305, Microsoft has officially introduced the “sandbox” technology in Windows, which allows us to run some suspicious software without the assistance of third-party software to ensure the security of the system. However, this feature only exists in the professional version of Windows or above, and is not turned on by default, and requires certain settings to use. For the home version of Windows, it is even impossible to find the setting option. However, we can add and enable the “Sandbox” feature for Windows 10 Home Edition through a script.

Windows 10 has certain requirements for computers to run Sandbox. First of all, the computer must have a 64-bit architecture, support virtualization technology and have the appropriate options enabled in the BIOS, have at least 4GB of RAM and 1GB of free disk space. Therefore, if you do not have these conditions, there is no need to try to enable the sandboxing feature.

1. Run a script to add the sandbox feature

First, before running the script, it is recommended to backup your system in case of unpredictable recovery.

Next, download a sandbox script named Sandbox Installer.zip (download address: https://dwz.cn/bmqR3CU6), unpack it to a folder, then right-click the Sandbox Installer.bat batch program in it and run it as administrator (Figure 1 ).

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Tip: If you are not sure about the security of the code in the batch program Sandbox Installer.bat, please do not double-click on it after downloading and run it, but open it with Notepad first to check that there is no malicious code before running it. If you are not familiar with the code, you can check and kill the code with antivirus software before using it. 2.

2. Turn on the settings to invoke the sandbox function

After adding the sandbox function, you can reboot the system and enable the sandbox function through the settings. The specific method is as follows.

Go to the “Control Panel” window and select “Programs and Features”. Next, select “Enable or disable Windows features” in the left column of the “Programs and Features” window. Then, in the “Windows Features” selection window, select the Windows Sandbox option and make sure it is enabled (Figure 2).

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Once the Sandbox option is enabled, the Windows Sandbox program can be found and invoked in the Start menu after another reboot.

Tip: Windows Sandbox has some shortcomings, for example, it is not suitable for the installation of software that needs to be restarted, because after restarting, what was previously installed or set by the software will no longer be retained and the successive installation cannot be completed.

Extended reading: In contrast to the Add Sandbox feature program, there is also a script program to uninstall the sandbox feature, sandbox-uninstaller.zip (download at: https://dwz.cn/ixjPez2T). This program can be used to uninstall the sandbox component in the Home Edition if you are sure you no longer need it. Alternatively, if you do not want to add sandbox functionality via code, you can use third-party software to implement similar functionality.

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