Sandboxie application was quite popular among power PC users before Microsoft introduced Sandbox in Windows 10 with version 1903. As you likely know, version 1903 and later versions of Windows 10 ship with a new security feature called Windows Sandbox which lets you run applications in an isolated space.
Although the Windows Sandbox is officially available in the Pro, Enterprise and Education editions, there is a workaround to enable the same in the popular Home edition of Windows 10 as well.
If you are unable to enable the Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 for some reason, you can now try out the popular Sandboxie program. And unlike the Windows Sandbox feature, this one works on Windows 10 Home edition as well. The good news is that the Sandboxie program is now free! Yes, the full version of Sandboxie software is now available to download for free.
Sandboxie lets you run applications in an isolated environment which prevents programs from making changes to the Windows operating system and your data. Unlike the Windows Sandbox in Windows 10, Sandboxie runs only programs not the entire Windows 10 OS in an isolated environment.
Most of the classic desktop programs are compatible with the Sandboxie program. However, not all the programs out there support Sandboxie.
Run a program in Sandboxie sandbox
Here is how to use the Sandboxie to test applications in an isolated environment.
Step 1: Get the latest version of Sandboxie installer from this official page. Run the installer to get it installed.
Step 2: Launch Sandboxie. You might see the default tutorial when you launch it for the first time.
Step 3: Drag and drop the shortcut of the program that you would like to run in an isolated environment (from the desktop or any other folder) to the Sandboxie window.
Alternatively, right-click on the Sandboxie icon in the system tray, select DefaultBox, click Run any program, and then click the Browse button in the resulting box to select the executable of the program that you want to run in the Sandboxie.
Step 4: When you get the Run Sandboxed dialog, select the DefaultBox option, and then click the OK button to run the program inside the Sandboxie isolated environment. Select the Run as UAC Administrator option if you wish to run it the program as administrator.
The program running inside the Sandboxie displays a yellow border when you select it so that you can easily differentiate a program running inside Sandboxie from programs running outside the Sandboxie.
Closing the program’s window terminates the program running in the Sandboxie.