Microsoft script installs [email protected] in Windows 10’s Sandbox

Microsoft has released a PowerShell script that allows you to quickly start donating your CPU cycles to the [email protected] project by deploying the program in the Windows 10 Sandbox.

The [email protected] project is a distributed computing project that allows people to donate their CPU cycles to simulate the folding of proteins to research diseases and news drugs and treatments.

This project has become immensely popular since the Coronavirus outbreak, and with malware impersonating the program, Microsoft has released a PowerShell script that lets you quickly and securely get up and running with [email protected]

This is done through the Windows Sandbox feature that lets you launch a virtual machine that can be used to run programs without the risk of infecting your normal Windows 10 operating system.

Quickly setup [email protected] in the Windows Sandbox

To start using [email protected] in the Windows Sandbox, you can download the install_folding_sandbox_on_host.ps1 PowerShell script and save it to your computer.

Once downloaded, open a PowerShell administrator prompt and execute the following command to setup Windows Sandbox, deploy the [email protected] client, and join the Windows_Sandbox [email protected] team anonymously:

Powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File .install_folding_sandbox_on_host.ps1

You can use this command instead to join the Windows_Sandbox team under a particular name:

Powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File .install_folding_sandbox_on_host.ps1 -username [your username]
PowerShell script installing Folding@Home
PowerShell script installing [email protected]

When executed, the script will perform the following steps to get you up and running:

  1. Check if Windows Sandbox is installed and if not install it. This feature is only available on Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise Insider builds 18362 or later.
  2. Download the latest [email protected] installer.
  3. Create a configuration file for [email protected] This configuration file will automatically add you to Microsoft’s windows_sandbox [email protected] team.
  4. Launches the Windows Sandbox and automatically starts the [email protected] client with the configured configuration file. 

When done, Windows Sandbox will automatically be launched and the [email protected] client will be started as seen below.

Folding@Home in the Windows Sandbox
[email protected] in the Windows Sandbox

By default, this PowerShell script will create a [email protected] configuration file that automatically adds you to Microsoft’s windows_sandbox [email protected] team. If you want to appear as a specific name under their team, make sure you use the second PowerShell command listed above to specify a user name.

Microsoft's windows_sandbox Folding@Home team
Microsoft’s windows_sandbox [email protected] team

Microsoft’s PowerShell script makes it easy to get started using [email protected] and contribute spare CPU to a great project researching the Coronavirus and other diseases.

The best part is that you can simply close the Windows Sandbox when done and no installed files will be left installed behind.

When you are ready to contribute again, you can simply launch the PowerShell script to start donating your CPU again.


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