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.

  • Rachel Jenkins

    Fix 1 worked perfectly on my laptop! Thank you so much 🙂

  • Robbli

    Both fixes do not work on my PC for some strange reason, even after a fresh (format) clean install of windows 10 (I have no problem with spotlight on my laptop though).

    Could it be something to do with SSDs or/and the spotlight servers?

  • Karen Beaulieu Winkle

    Thank you so much! Tip one worked!

  • Toaster

    I’ve done both multiple times, and neither work. Any new info?

  • ratandjmt

    Thanks. Fix 1 worked after the 2nd time I tried it.

    Fix 2 didn’t work for me. I had tried it on another site.

  • Elizabeth Bushey

    The first one worked! Thank you for putting this up, you’ve saved my sanity!

  • sai17

    if any one has errors in 4th step in fix 1 just end task of edge browser in task manager and once again run it..

  • James Billings

    Neither option worked for me. In the end I seem to have fixed it by deleting the *whole* “Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_” folder (from Step 2, then re-running the installation (powershell command in Step 1).

  • Kushagra Dhawan

    The content delievery folder does not exist in the packages folder in my case !! I am totally lost now

  • Frank

    I have
    – Updated my display driver
    – Emptied C:Users..AppDataLocalPackagesMicrosoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager…LocalStateAssets
    – Emptied C:Users..AppDataLocalPackagesMicrosoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager…Settings
    – Ran the following command in Windows PowerShell as adminstrator: Get-AppxPackage -allusers *ContentDeliveryManager* | foreach {Add-AppxPackage “$($_.InstallLocation)appxmanifest.xml” -DisableDevelopmentMode -register }
    – Manually selected another picture

    None of these things change the fact that if I select Windows spotlight in the Lock screen dropdown, the preview stays on the same picture and if I close and reopen the lock screen settings, it’s back on picture.

    Please help me, because I’ve spent quite some time on trying to fix this now.

  • Mohammed Farid Zabi

    Thank you the fix 1 worked for me! You saved my day!

  • tensity1

    Besides the above tips, check that your internet connection isn’t set to metered. Some will have it set to metered to limit automatic updates, and I believe it affects Windows Spotlight. I had a hunch, set my connection back to normal, and it started pulling new pictures. I’ve set it metered again, but will have to wait until tomorrow to see if the lock picture is stuck.

    • stephen john

      where do you find it

      • tensity1

        Type “network status” into the search/Cortana bar, and you should get the page needed, or get to your system/computer settings, then click Network & Internet. From there, click Change Connection Properties and then set the Metered Connection to Off. Sign out, back in, see if that fixes it (a restart may be needed). Change back and forth your metered connection setting as needed for your purposes. HTH.

  • Riya Paul

    The 1st method totally worked for me. Kudos!

  • Jeroen Beltman

    Yess! Option 1 did the trick. Thank you so much. Annoying MicroSoft quirks…

  • Martin S

    Great! It works! (Tip 1)

  • Srinu Raghupatruni

    Thanks a lot, fix 1 worked perfectly for me (Y)

  • Elena

    Guys, there’s an easy fix. This post has inspired me to find it. I was too lazy to do all that so I just reset the background of the lookscreen and it worked again. To do that, go to Start > Settings > Personalization. Choose Picture to be background under Lock screen pane. Check out the picture you just chose as your lock screen by clicking on Windows key + L key. Then go again and choose Windows Spotlight to be your Background. That’s it!!! Prior to that my bg stuck on one picture and it won’t changed but not anymore. I hope it works for you all!

    • Oliver Lienhard

      Well, that’s it.

      Sometimes it’s better not to search too far… thanks man

  • MMC Production

    unfortunately, none worked for me. I still get nothing but my old spotlight images on my lock screen and it doesn’t even ask me whether I like the image shown or not (like it used to do). I guess my situation is basically hopeless 🙁

    • Toaster

      Same boat here but I’m stuck on just ONE image!

  • Nguyễn Khắc Phúc

    Thank you, great help, It works again!!!

  • Phil McConnochie

    nope nothing just perpectual loading to nothing

  • Dino_Zuma

    April Cai: I tried all the Fix 2 solutions (which had worked well for me when I had this problem a couple of times during the past year) without success today, and was ready to give up. But the Fix 1 solution for using a PowerShell re-register command was new to me; and it worked well to restore the Spotlight app functionality. Thanks a million. I owe you one.

    • April Cai

      Hi, Dino_Zuma. I’m glad it helped.?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks! Option 1 left me with the same thing, but performing Option 2 worked well.

  • nihan

    Thank you so much! Fix 2 worked for me too.

  • zainab malik

    Hey !!
    after the last one step when we hit enter then what,s next ??

    • disqus_UkoBO8GLo1

      Fix 1 last step:

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

  • Rosen Ross

    Very helpful.
    Thank you!

  • Connor Adams

    These options did not work. Tried both multiple times

  • Keith Wilson

    Fix 1 worked perfectly, thank you 🙂

  • Jake Fuqua

    I did both and it’s still not working. it shows the little button in the top corner that asks if you like what you see and the description but instead of any photo it’s just my accent color across the screen

  • Tony Evans

    Thanks! Fix 1 did the trick!

  • Rolandoarr

    Thanks worked at last !

  • Daniel Šach

    Thanks a bunch! Spotlight works after performing Fix 1.

    • zainab malik

      Hey !!
      but after the last one step when we hit enter then what,s next ?

  • squizgar7 “Andy”

    Thank you!!! quick and easy

  • Dreamer

    None of the tips is working! Please advise further.

  • Abhinaya Nakka

    I deleted all the files in the mentioned folder by mistake. Neither step 1 nor step 2 fixes it now. Please let me know if you have any suggestions

    • Rozhyar Muhammad

      system restore should do the trick

  • Safeer Hussain

    Thanks! Fix 1 worked.
    In the first attempt 2-a failed though, then worked after restarting the PC and retrying the steps.

  • T W

    Thank you, Driver Easy! Fix 1 did the trick!!!

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  • HugePinball

    Thanks, fix 1 worked perfectly for me

    • Daniel Schiff

      Tip 1! After trying other things and 1 year later.

  • Rik

    I carried out Fix1 and Fix 2. Neither worked for me. In fact, after Fix 2, nothing is being displayed. No images at all. Just a blank screen now.

    • Rik

      I take it all back. It just started working!

  • Pranjal

    FIX 2 worked… Thanx.

    Been checking a lot of websites for the resolution, none had worked.

    Thanx once again.

  • Kenneth

    Thanks fix 2 worked for me

  • Wbb

    Thank you!

  • jepoy

    thanks Great tips

  • Lol

    the fix 2 worked for me, thx

  • Achelle Ronquillo

    Thanks! It worked!

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