Virtualization Enable or Disable Video Input in Windows Sandbox in Windows 11


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Windows Sandbox provides a lightweight desktop environment to safely run applications in isolation. Software installed inside the Windows Sandbox environment remains "sandboxed" and runs separately from the host machine.

A sandbox is temporary. When it's closed, all the software and files and the state are deleted. You get a brand-new instance of the sandbox every time you open the app.

Video input (ex: camera) is disabled in Windows Sandbox by default. Applications using video input may not function properly in Windows Sandbox.

Reference:

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable video input to the Windows Sandbox for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


Windows Sandbox is only available in the Windows 10/11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable video input in Windows Sandbox.


There may be security implications of exposing host (Windows 10/11) video input to the container (sandbox).



Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Video Input in Windows Sandbox in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Video Input in Windows Sandbox using REG file





OPTION ONE

Enable or Disable Video Input in Windows Sandbox in Local Group Policy Editor


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Sandbox

video_input_in_Windows_Sandbox_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of Windows Sandbox in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Allow video input in Windows Sandbox policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

5 Enable Video Input in Windows Sandbox

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)​

video_input_in_Windows_Sandbox_gpedit-3.png

6 Disable Video Input in Windows Sandbox

This is the default setting.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)​

video_input_in_Windows_Sandbox_gpedit-2.png

7 Close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.

8 If the Windows Sandbox app is currently open, then close and reopen the Windows Sandbox app to apply.





OPTION TWO

Enable or Disable Video Input in Windows Sandbox using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

2 Enable Video Input in Windows Sandbox

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_video_input_in_Windows_Sandbox.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Sandbox]
"AllowVideoInput"=dword:00000001

3 Disable Video Input in Windows Sandbox

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_video_input_in_Windows_Sandbox.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Sandbox]
"AllowVideoInput"=-

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 If the Windows Sandbox app is currently open, then close and reopen the Windows Sandbox app to apply.

8 You could now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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