Fix Error Windows Spotlight Wallpaper & Lock Screen Not Changing

Windows 10 spotlight images are loved by lots of windows 10 users, but recently some users have already reported that Windows Spotlight image/wallpaper on the Lock screen are not changing anymore. They have no clue why they have stuck indefinitely on a particular image and not changing anymore. If you are have your lock screen back into working order, you are in the right page. In the text below, we are going to share how to fix Windows Spotlight Wallpaper error.

METHOD 1: RESTART WINDOWS SPOTLIGHT

We get information that lots of users Windows have reported that restarting the Windows Spotlight feature solved the error were experiencing. You are able to do this by turning the service off, restarting your device, and then turning it back on. Here are steps to do that:

  • At the first step, you have to click on the Windows icon in your taskbar to open the Start menu, then select Settings. Alternatively, you are able to use the Windows + I keyboard shortcut.
  • The second step, you have to click on the Personalization tile.

click on the Personalization tile

  • Please ensure to stay on the default Lock screen menu.
  • Under the Background section, you have to choose “Picture” or “Slideshow”. Those options use images locally stored on your computer, not needing you to connect to and use the Windows Spotlight feature.

choose Picture or Slideshow

  • The next step that you have to do is to close the Settings app and restart your computer.
  • Now, you need to repeat step 1 to step 3 again. Then, simply select the Windows spotlight option from the Background drop-down menu. This is going to ensure that you have the feature enabled again.
  • Lastly, you have to close the Settings app and restart your computer again. Once your computer boots up, you will be able to view a randomly Spotlight image on the lock screen.

METHOD 2: RESET WINDOWS SPOTLIGHT MANUALLY BY CLEANING SPOTLIGHT ASSETS

If a simple restart did not solve your problem, you need to dig deeper and try something more advanced. By deleting all pre-stored Spotlight assets, you are able to reset the feature and potentially get it to work again. Here is what you have to do to reset Windows Spotlight manually:

  • At the first step, you have to click on the Windows icon in your taskbar to open the Start menu, then select Settings. Alternatively, you are able to use the Windows + I keyboard shortcut.
  • After that, you have to click on the Personalization tile.
  • Please ensure to stay on the default Lock screen menu.
  • Under the Background section, you need to choose “Picture” or “Slideshow”. Those options use images locally stored on your computer, not needing you to connect to and use the Windows Spotlight feature.
  • The next step, you have to press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard to bring up the Run utility. Also, you have to copy and paste the path below into the input field.  %USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets.

press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard to bring up the Run utility

  • After you copy and paste the path, simply you are able to press the OK button.
  • Now, you need to choose everything in the Assets folder which just opened on your screen. In this step, you are able to use the Ctrl + A shortcut. Next, you are able to right-click and select Delete.
  • Afterwards, you have to Press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard to bring up the Run utility again. Please copy and paste the path below into the input field. %USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings.
  • After copy and paste the path, then simply press the OK button.
  • Now, you should view a Settings folder open up on your computer. Here, you have to right-click on the two files below and select Rename. Change:

settings.dat into settings.dat.bak

roaming.lock into roaming.lock.bak

  • Please restart your computer.
  • In this step, you are able to repeat the first step to the third step.
  • Lastly, you are able to select the Windows spotlight option from the Background drop-down menu. This is going to ensure that you have the feature enabled again.

METHOD 3: RE-REGISTER THE SPOTLIGHT APPLICATION USING POWERSHELL

According to the research, lots of users have reported that this method fixed their problem. For note: To do this method, you are going to need to have an administrator account. If you are unsure of how to do that, now you are able to follow the steps below:

  • At the first step, you have to click on the Windows icon in your taskbar to open the Start menu, then select Settings. Alternatively, you are able to use the Windows + I keyboard shortcut.
  • After that, you have to click on the Personalization tile.
  • Please ensure to stay on the default Lock screen menu.
  • Under the Background section, you are able to choose “Picture” or “Slideshow”. Those options use images locally stored on your computer, not needing you to connect to and use the Windows Spotlight feature.

Under the Background section, you are able to choose “Picture” or “Slideshow”

  • The next step that you have to do is to press the Windows + X keys on your keyboard at the same time, then select Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the menu.
  • If prompted, you are able to allow PowerShell to create changes on your computer by pressing the Yes button.
  • Now, you have to copy and paste the command below into PowerShell.

Get-AppxPackage-allusers*ContentDeliveryManager*|foreach{Add-AppxPackage “$($_.InstallLocation)\appxmanifest.xml” -DisableDevelopmentMode -register}

Now, you have to copy and paste the command below into PowerShell

  • After you copy and paste the command, easily you are able to press the Enter key on your keyboard.
  • When the re-registration is complete, simply restart your computer.
  • In this step, you are able to repeat the first step to the third step. Then, simply choose Windows Spotlight option from Background menu. This will be able to ensure that you have the feature enabled again.

If you follow one of the methods explained above, you are able to restore Windows Spotlight and fix your problem. Then, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful images on your computer lock screen to make your environment more lovely.