How to use Windows Sandbox and VMWare or VirtualBox together

Windows Sandbox makes use of the Hyper-V feature to run on a Windows 10 computer. But when this is enabled any third-party virtualization software cannot be run. This includes software like VMWare, VirtualBox and so on. But this limitation can be overcome using a workaround. It can be useful for those who upgraded to Windows 10 with Windows Sandbox mainly, but rely on Virtual Machines on their computer for certain work.

Use Windows Sandbox and Virtual Machines together

We will be covering two main aspects of this guide. They are as follows:

  1. Enable the use of Windows Sandbox and Virtual Machines together.
  2. Disable the use of Windows Sandbox and Virtual Machines together.

1] Enable the use of Windows Sandbox and Virtual Machines together

Open the Windows 10 Command Prompt command line with Administrator level rights.

Type in the following command:

bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Windows 10 – No Hyper-V”

This command will create a new boot entry which will be the exact replica of your active boot entry but will be without Hyper-V.

One must be careful while modifying the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) of a computer. This is so because of even the slightest misconfiguration in these BCD entries can lead to your computer not booting up.

You will now get a GUID.

use Windows Sandbox and VMWare or VirtualBox

Make sure you copy and save it safely.

Copy that GUID and execute the following command inside the Command prompt command line:

bcdedit /set {<ENTER NEW GUID HERE>} hypervisorlaunchtype off

Once the commands are executed, just reboot your computer.

You will enter the Windows Boot Manager.

Select the Windows 10 – No Hyper-V entry to boot into Windows 10.

2] Disable the use of Windows Sandbox and Virtual Machines together

Type msconfig in the Start search box and select System Configuration

Navigate the boot tab

MSConfig Delete Boot Entry

Delete the entry for the Windows 10 No Hyper-V from the list that populates

Select Apply and then select OK

Reboot your computer, and the entry should now be gone.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

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