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Problem:

  1. Many programs install files onto the C:\ drive even if the installation directory is specified as a folder on a different drive. This takes up too much space on the C:\ drive.
  2. Some programs create services that are always running even if there is no need for them run. This slows the computer down.

Requirement:

I am looking for a software that is sort of a sandbox. It

  1. Should run on Windows 10.

  2. Need not be free.

  3. Should create a Sandboxed environment.It should not allow the software that is being installed to install to the C:\ Drive.

    One way of doing this is to capture the system calls of the installed program, monitor the file access calls and then rewrite all calls that result in file operations in C:\ Drive so that the file creation happens in a user specified directory.

  4. It should stop all the services when I close the sandbox. And restart them when I start the sandbox again.

Optional Requirements:

  1. Ability to block and allow internet access to the application.
  2. Specify the amount of RAM that the program can use.

I could use a Virtual machine. But they take too much space and RAM. Also I will have to create separate virtual machines for each application.

Any suggestions?

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    Maybe sandboxie?
    – Vinz243
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 13:56
  • @Vinz243 I have heard of it, but haven't really tried it. Does it solve the process issue?
    – Aswin P J
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 13:59
  • Sorry, but which issue are you talking about? The the 4th one?
    – Vinz243
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 14:04
  • @Vinz243 Yes. Does it start the services when I open the software and stop them when I close it ?
    – Aswin P J
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 14:05
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    Do you want something like a VM or is that too heavy for you? Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 14:34

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Try Sandboxie. http://www.sandboxie.com/ They've recently launched a version for Windows 10. Altough, I am not sure it can restart the programs as stated at the requirement 4.

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    I've been using this for 6 years, works great for malware analysis / other potentially dangerous stuff.
    – StefanS
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 14:08

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