Windows Spotlight Not Working in Windows 10 [Fixed]

By April Cai in Technical Tips Tags: Windows 10



Windows Spotlight
is a nifty feature in Windows 10. It can downloads pictures and advertisements from Bing and then displays them on your lock screen. Besides, you can mark whether you wish to see more or less images of a similar type.

But some users said that Windows Spotlight Not Working in Windows 10 even they have enabled it. If you also face such issue, no worry! Go with the fix below, you would know how to solve it in a second.

Fix 1. Re-register Spotlight App

Fix 2. Using File Explorer 

Fix 1. Re-register Spotlight App

1)Run Command Prompts as administrator
a) Type CMD in search box from Start menu
b) Right-click on Command Prompts app on the top and click Run as administrator
 
 c) Click YES when prompted by UAC ( USER ACCOUNT CONTROL )



2) Type the commands blow and hit Enter one by one
a) Type dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth and hit Enter
b) Type sfc /scannow and hit Enter
c) Type powershell and hit Enter
d) Type Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like “*SystemApps*”} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”} and hit Enter



Now press WIN + L keys to lock screen and check. You should be able to see Windows Spotlight screen now.

If Fix 1 not served you, please try Fix 2.

Fix 2. Using File Explorer


1) Disable Windows Spotlight feature in Settings app.
a) Go to Start > Settings > Personalization



b) Choose Picture or Slideshow to be background under Lock screen pane.



2) Open File Explorer by clicking Win + E (Windows logo key + E key) at the same time.
Then Click Show/hide under View pane and tick on Hidden items.



3) Go to C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_<Package ID>\LocalState\Assets

   Select all the files in Assets folder, then click Delete under Home pane.



4) Now enable Windows Spotlight feature in Settings app.
Follow step 1 to choose Windows Spotlight to be background.




Now press WIN + L keys to lock screen and check. You should be able to see Windows Spotlight screen now.