For those who are using Sandbox in Windows 10 and are wondering how to enable the virtualized GPU sharing, please read the full article. This one provides the information on how to enable it using two methods. Feel free to try any method.
Method 1: Using group policy editor
In order to enable the virtualized GPU sharing in Sandbox Windows 10 using the group policy editor, the first thing that you have to do is to click on Start, enter “gpedit.msc”, and hit Enter.
When a window opens, you will need to browse the policies to reach the following location through the left sidebar: Computer Configuration\Administration Templates\Windows Components\Windows Sandbox.
On the right pane, please locate Allow vGPU sharing for Windows Sandbox and double click on it once you have found it. do not forget to select Enabled on the new Window and click on Apply then on OK.
Meanwhile, if you want to disable the vGPU for Windows Sandbox, keep going and set the policy to either Disabled or Not configured. The last thing that you should do is to click on Apply and OK.
Method 2: Via registry editor
If you want to enable the virtualized GPU sharing in Sandbox Windows 10 via Registry Editor, please follow these steps. First, press the Windows logo key and R on the keyboard at the same time and allow the Run box to open. Second, type “regedit.exe” and press Enter.
Method 3: third go to the following string
HKET_LOCAL_MACHINE\AOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Sandbox. Fourth, from the right side pane, right click anywhere and choose New followed by DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Fifth, rename it to AllowVGPU replacing New value #1. Sixth, double click on this, enter 1 in the value data field, and hit OK. Seventh, restart your PC and enjoy the virtualized GPU sharing in Sandbox.
Windows Sandbox is considered as a new feature of Windows. As you probably know, this one is a testing environment that can help you to check out some different kinds of applications and programs without having to put the entire system to risk.
In short, it remains isolated from the rest of the computer. After closing the Sandbox environment, everything that you do there will no longer exist. Each time you open it, you will be starting up with a clean board and a whole separate Sandbox. In other words, whatever you download or run in the environment, it is going to stay within.
One of the recent updates of Windows brought in an option to enable virtualized GPU sharing in Sandbox in Windows 10. While this brand-new thing has limited features, the new change can be a relief. You can expect the new features to be introduced to the Sandbox soon, and the GPU involvement is a great process. This thing will enable you to use a virtual GPU in this environment, and to disable it as and when you need it.
Tons of computing cores to process workloads in parallel are supported by a GPU. This one does its job in an efficient way. The thing known as Windows Sandbox environment makes it possible to enable or disable virtualized GPU sharing.
It has been known that any software or application you select to install in Windows Sandbox remains only in the environment and cannot affect your host. Aside from that, once the Windows Sandbox is closed, each program is deleted automatically.
If you want to enable or disable the vGPU sharing for Windows in Sandbox, you can open the Registry Editor first. then, navigate to the Windows Sandbox key. On the next step, create a new 32-bit DWORD value AllowVGPU.
If you want to enable the vGPU sharing for Windows Sandbox, please set the value to 1 and if you want to make the sharing feature enabled, please delete the value. If the vGPU is disabled, the Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform or WARP will be used by the Sandbox.
As stated before, Windows Sandbox is introduced as a new feature available starting with the Windows 10 Update (version 1903). This one is designed to run untrusted applications inside the isolated environment running independently from the main installation.
In general, Windows Sandbox can be described as a virtual machine made on demand by Microsoft using the hypervisor of the company, the same OS image as the one on your machine. Even though you are able to make a virtual machine to get a similar experience, there are some benefits that you cannot get from the others.
For example, you do not have to spend the additional steps to make or download a virtual machine. Whenever you launch the feature, this one runs a new clean installation of Windows 10. As explained before, when the testing application is done and the Windows Sandbox is closed, everything gets deleted automatically.
On top of that, using virtualization isolates anything happening inside the environment from the main installation offering the best security to test the untrusted applications.
- Windows Sandbox system requirements:
- Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise
- AMD64 architecture
- Hardware virtualization’4GB or RAM (8GB is recommended)
- 1GB or HDD space (SSD is recommended)
- 2 processor cores minimum (4 cores with hyperthreading is recommended)
Before enabling Windows Sandbox, you will need to make sure that your device supports the hardware virtualization. To do so, open Start, search for Command Prompt and click the top result. When it opens, type systeminfo.exe. You can check if the virtualization is enabled under the Hyper V Requirements. If it reads yes, then you are able to use the Windows Sandbox.
After doing so, you can enable Windows Sandbox by following these steps. At the beginning, open Start. Then, look for Turn Windows feature on or off, and click the top result to open the Windows Features experience. Next, check the Windows Sandbox option.
After that, click the OK button. Finally, click the Restart now button. Once you have completed the steps, you are able to start using the new virtualization thing so that you can temporarily install and test the untrusted applications.
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