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    Microsoft describes features of upcoming Windows Sandbox

    Feature was previously dubbed 'InPrivate Desktop' and was Enterprise only.
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    Re: Microsoft describes features of upcoming Windows Sandbox

    This sounds like a really excellent feature, although can't help feeling it is hamstrung by not offering application persistence. It'd be handy to install select applications in their own sandbox environments. For example, it'd be useful to install Chrome or Firefox each in their own sandbox, for secure browsing, and similarly with an email client.

    I'm reminded how XP mode on Win7 allowed XP apps to live on the Win7 Start Menu and run "transparently" from inside the XP VM. Something similar with MS-approved W10 sandbox would be really helpful.

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    Re: Microsoft describes features of upcoming Windows Sandbox

    Quote Originally Posted by Irien View Post
    This sounds like a really excellent feature, although can't help feeling it is hamstrung by not offering application persistence. It'd be handy to install select applications in their own sandbox environments. For example, it'd be useful to install Chrome or Firefox each in their own sandbox, for secure browsing, and similarly with an email client.
    If you need that then you have the already available HyperV. Or install VMWare/VirtualBox. I'm also assuming, by not having persistence, it negates the issues of extra licenses too.

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    Re: Microsoft describes features of upcoming Windows Sandbox

    I used virtual PC to run any not so trusted software and this will make such work unnecessary and improve security greatly.

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    Re: Microsoft describes features of upcoming Windows Sandbox

    Isn't this just a VM without persistence (and no need for a VHD)? Or am I missing something? Nice to have I guess but I wouldn't download something I didn't trust.
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    Re: Microsoft describes features of upcoming Windows Sandbox

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    Isn't this just a VM without persistence (and no need for a VHD)? Or am I missing something? Nice to have I guess but I wouldn't download something I didn't trust.
    Essentially yes with 2 main changes as o read it.

    1. No need for a second windows licence.

    2. Much smaller hard drive footprint.

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    Re: Microsoft describes features of upcoming Windows Sandbox

    I'm curious if this will work with other virtualization software installed or running.

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    Re: Microsoft describes features of upcoming Windows Sandbox

    Quote Originally Posted by spacein_vader View Post
    Essentially yes with 2 main changes as o read it.

    1. No need for a second windows licence.

    2. Much smaller hard drive footprint.
    Yes I guess that's it... It'll be useful for some I suppose.

    Quote Originally Posted by StaticLNX View Post
    I'm curious if this will work with other virtualization software installed or running.
    I'm guessing not as hardware virtualisation support is required. Having tried running two different VM providers on one box using hardware acceleration I can tell it doesn't work (Blue screen).
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    Re: Microsoft describes features of upcoming Windows Sandbox

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    Yes I guess that's it... It'll be useful for some I suppose.



    I'm guessing not as hardware virtualisation support is required. Having tried running two different VM providers on one box using hardware acceleration I can tell it doesn't work (Blue screen).
    I'll use it when I just want to test an app or file of unknown provenance.

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    Re: Microsoft describes features of upcoming Windows Sandbox

    The latest Insider build - including Windows Sandbox - is now available, as per this Microsoft blog post.

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