Is there any point to the Windows Containers feature without Docker?

Gabriel Corrêa de Oliveira 16 Reputation points
2023-06-01T02:24:08.8533333+00:00

In order to run Windows containers, we usually have to:

  1. Enable the Containers feature.
  2. Enable Hyper-V.
  3. Install Docker.

Point 2, enable Hyper-V, is needed because the whole point of running Windows containers is to be able to run containers based on Windows versions that are different from the Windows version of the host. This requires Hyper-V since Windows can only run actual containers where the Windows version of the container matches the version of the host and uses VMs for everything else.

Now, is there any point to the "Containers" feature in Windows without Docker? Is there anything you can actually do with it without installing Docker?

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