How To Transfer Files Into Windows Sandbox

Windows Sandbox is a terrific feature introduced into Windows 10 and 11 (Pro versions only) which allows users to test software or surf around unknown sites in a safe/secure isolated environment.

But did you know you can easily share files and/or folders from the host system with the Windows Sandbox? Here’s how.

Believe it or not, this is achieved via a simple copy and paste.

  • Navigate to the file or folder in the host system that you want to share with Windows Sandbox
  • Right-click the file/folder and select Copy
  • Move your mouse cursor into the Windows Sandbox and right-click any blank space
  • From the menu, select Paste

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That’s all there is to it. Because you’re working with a “copy” the original file or folder remains secure and untouched.

There is another method for sharing folders from the host system with Windows Sandbox through mapping which is achieved via the Windows Sandbox Configuration file. However, this method is somewhat complex and, as such, more suited for advanced users. Plus, as far as I am aware, mapping “shares” a folder with the host system rather than “copying” the folder from the host system which, in my opinion, creates a security risk.

That said, if you want to know more about mapping a folder, here is a guide from Microsoft: Windows Sandbox Configuration

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