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This question is bugging me for a while. How do I sandbox any application and run it on PC where I have only limited privileges (not administrative) ?

Surely, the application will require the UAC and administrative privileges but the sandbox program would emulate these and "play" the environment for the application where it can save to harddisk and registries.

Sandboxie.com allows application to do that, but I am not aware it does not need administrative privileges to run the sandboxed thing as such.

Am I somehow wrong? If so, please post a comment under this and suggest closure.

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Spoon.net - create the app on another computer with spoon, and then it will run it on anything, if you can build it in spoon successfully. no admin rights needed.

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I think some sort of virtualization technology is your answer. You'd need some admin rights to install the software, but once that is done, you should be good to go with only limited rights on the host OS.

VMWare, Virtual PC, Softgrid, would work, and there's others I'm sure.

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still does not answer my question, I'm talking right about that I don't want to install neither the virtualization technology. Why can't it run standalone? –  Greenleader Feb 14 '11 at 9:20
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Sandboxing IS virtualization. I know of no other form of sandboxing that "emulate these and "play" the environment for the application where it can save to harddisk and registries" as you have described. –  Jeremy Feb 16 '11 at 6:10
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You could use VMWare to create and boot up an operating system that does give you administrative permissions. It would solve all of your requirements in that it would be sandboxed and completely separate from your host OS, and you would be able to run programs, save to virtual disk, etc, all without having to change permissions on the host OS.

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I am not too sure, but I am not aware of a way to run VMWare without administrative privileges - this is a main question here, I need the sandbox that runs wihtout admin. privileges.. –  Greenleader Feb 13 '11 at 17:24
    
You'll probably need an administrator to install VMWare for you, but afterwards, you should be able to run it without administrative priviledges. I'd suggest trying it and seeing what happens. VMWare Player is free to use. –  jmort253 Feb 13 '11 at 17:31
    
I know how VMware works; it is not what I am looking for in this thread. If there was a way to launch (without install) vmware..that's another story –  Greenleader Feb 13 '11 at 17:34
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