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    #2636038

    I installed the Windows Sandbox to try it out, then I uninstalled it from Windows Features, and rebooted.

    However, some big files were not removed. I don’t think they were there before. I’d like to know if it’s OK to delete them.

    The files are:

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Containers\PortableBaseLayer\WindowsDefenderApplicationGuard.vhdx

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Containers\BaseImages\e9891e12-61d2-4dee-9969-8b1fb6d38b0d\BaseLayer.vhdx

    Or can I even delete everything in the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Containers ?

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    • #2636059

      One thought for you: I keep windows sandbox installed and find it handy to check out new-to-me utilities before actual installation. When sandbox is open and active, just drag & drop the install exe file of the utility into sandbox and run it. When done vetting the utility, close sandbox. Zero leftovers.

      The folders/files your mention are present on my system. As usual they are also linked in many areas of the registry. Deleting the files won’t clean up the registry, but I think it’s unlikely it matter. YMMV

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    • #2636071

      Reinstall sandbox and use a proper utility to uninstall (never use Microsoft’s uninstall) like : free, portable geek uninstaller, free portable Revo uninstaller..

      These apps will remove all file and registry entries.

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      • #2636081

        Alex5723,

        I’ve been using the paid version of Revo Uninstaller Pro for years and had to laugh at myself for not mentioning it. Thanks.

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      • #2637038

        Can GeekUninstaller remove Windows Sandbox (which is a Windows Feature, not an application)?

        • #2637187

          AFAIK, you need to use the Windows dialog to install or uninstall Windows features. Third-party tools will not do that.

          --Joe

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    • #2637120

      Can GeekUninstaller remove Windows Sandbox (which is a Windows Feature, not an application)?

      It should…click on view-microsoft store apps

    • #2637291

      Third-party tools will not do that.

      You are right.

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