Windows Spotlight Not Working in Windows 10 [Fixed]

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.

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  • 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 ??

  • 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!!!

  • Michael Gordon


  • 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!