Windows Spotlight Not Working in Windows 10 [Fixed]

By April Cai  Technical Tips  Windows 10   84 Comments

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 you might notice that the lock screen picture doesn’t change as expected. …So why? 

Don’t worry, you’ll learn 2 easy and effective ways to fix this Windows Spotlight not working issue through this guide. Read on and see how…

Try these fixes:

  1. Re-register Spotlight App
  2. Use File Explorer 
  3. Bonus Tip

Fix 1: Re-register Spotlight App

1) Run Command Prompts as administrator. See how:

Type CMD in the search box from Start. Then right-click on Command Prompts on the top and click Run as administrator
Click YES when prompted by the User Account Control.



2) Type the following commands and press Enter after each.

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

sfc /scannow

powershell

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like "*SystemApps*"} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}



Now on your keyboard, hold down the Windows logo key and press L to see whether Windows Spotlight works. If you see a new lock screen picture, great! If you don’t, don’t be frustrated, move onto next method.

Fix 2: Use File Explorer


1) Disable Windows Spotlight feature in Settings app.

See how:

1-1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and press to open the Settings window.  Then click Personalization. 

1-2) Choose Picture or Slideshow to be background under Lock screen pane.



2) On your keyboard, hold down the Windows logo key and press E to bring up the Windows File Explorer. 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 on your keyboard, hold down the Windows logo key and press L to see whether Windows Spotlight works.

Bonus Tip

If unfortunately, both the methods above failed to help you fixed the not changing Windows Spotlight, you can try to update your video card driver. Updating drivers should always be your go-to option when something goes wrong with your computer or system. Whether you choose to update the device drivers manually, using Windows Update, or you use a trusted third party product, it’s essential that you have the latest correct device drivers for your operating system at all times.

If you’re not comfortable playing with device drivers, we recommend using Driver Easy. It’s a tool that detects, downloads and (if you go Pro) installs any driver updates your computer needs.

To update your drivers with Driver Easy, just click the Scan Now button, then when it lists the drivers you need to update, click Update. The correct drivers will be downloaded, and you can install them – either manually through Windows or all automatically with Driver Easy Pro.

Hopefully this article helps you fix the problem. Feel free to comment below with your own experiences and share with your friends and families if ther

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