How Turn ON/OFF Windows Spotlight Features

You have spent amount of time with Windows 10 and have not turned off the lock screen, you may have noticed the small “Like what you see?” text. The text displays has two options: I want more and not a fan. The text will appears if you have turned on Windows Spotlight feature for the lock screen in Windows 10.

TURN ON/ OFF THE WINDOWS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE VIA SETTINGS

While if you like pictures showcased on the homepage of Bing search, you may do not want to turn off the Windows Spotlight feature. If you prefer to set a picture captured by you or custom picture that you downloaded from the internet as the lock screen background, you are able to turn off the Windows Spotlight feature by doing directions explained below.

  • At the first step, you have to right-click on the desktop and then click Personalize to open the Personalization category of Settings.

Personalization category of Settings

  • The second step, you have to click Lock screen to see settings related to the lock screen.
  • After that, under the Background section, you are able to choose Picture or slideshow option from the drop-down box.

click Lock screen to see settings related to the lock screen.

If you have selected the Picture option, to set a specific picture as your lock screen background, you have to click the Browse option (under Choose your picture section), and then choose the image which you want to set as the lock screen background. And if you have selected Slideshow option, you have to click Add a folder and then choose a folder containing your favorite pictures. To know the location of those Windows Spotlight pictures, you are able to see on how to save Windows Spotlight lock screen pictures guide.

DISABLE WINDOWS SPOTLIGHT VIA REGISTRY

Apparently, there are some steps that you have to do to disable the Windows Spotlight feature via registry. Here are steps:

  • At the first step, you have to type Regedit.exe in the Start/taskbar search field and then press Enter key. Please click the Yes button when you get the User Account Control screen to open the Registry Editor.
  • After that, in the Registry Editor, you are able to navigate to the key below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent.

  • Then, you have to right-click on an empty spot, click New. Then, simply click DWORD Value and name it as Disable Windows Spotlight Features.

right-click on an empty spot, click New

  • The next step that you have to do is to double-click on the newly created Disable Windows Spotlight Features and then set its value data to 1 to disable the Windows Spotlight. Please set it back to 0 or remove Disable Windows Spotlight Features to enable the same again.

double-click on the newly created Disable Windows Spotlight Feature

ENABLE OR DISABLE WINDOWS SPOTLIGHT VIA GROUP POLICY

For your information, Group Policy Editor is not part of the Windows 10 Home edition. Here is a way to enable or disable the Windows Spotlight feature via Group Policy.

  • The first thing that you have to do is to open the Group Policy Editor by typing the same in the Start or taskbar search field.
  • Then, you are able to hit the Enter key.
  • In the Group Policy Editor, you have to navigate to:

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Cloud Content.

User Configuration Administrative Templates Windows Components Cloud Content.

  • On the right side, you are able to double-click on Turn off all Windows spotlight features. Select Enabled and then click Apply.

double-click on Turn off all Windows spotlight features

WHAT IS WINDOWS SPOTLIGHT?

Windows Spotlight automatically sets exceptional pictures from Bing search as your lock screen background and allows you submit feedback about a specific background. As you can see from the picture, those pictures are stunning. Before the November Update or Threshold 2 update, this feature was exclusive to Home edition, however the feature is now available for both Windows 10 Pro and Home editions.

In the text above, we share the way to turn on or off Windows Spotlight feature. We are sure that now you are able to understand it. As said at the beginning of our this article, clicking “Like what you see?” text will shows tow options. If you click the first option, it is going to make Windows 10 show more similar types of images in the future. That is, for instance, if you click “I want more!”

Windows Spotlight is an amazing feature available in Windows 10. It set a new image automatically as lock screen background each day. The feature automatically downloads images from Bing and works only if your computer is connected to the Internet. After you turn on Windows Spotlight feature for the first time, it will use the default background and automatically downloads new images on daily basis. Also, sets a new image as background every day.

While this is a great feature to have, at times, Windows Spotlight does not automatically change the current background. It may fail to update the lock screen background. Also, some users get a black screen instead of a picture on the lock screen. If the Windows Spotlight feature is not working on your Windows 10 computer, you are able to make it work again by doing the troubleshooting tips below.

TIPS TO MAKE WINDOWS SPOTLIGHT WORK AGAIN

  • Firstly, you have to open Windows PowerShell as administrator. You are able to do that quickly by right-clicking on the Start button on the taskbar and then clicking Windows PowerShell (admin) option.
  • After that, you have to click Yes button when you get User Account Control prompt.
  • At the PowerShell window, you are able to copy and paste the command below and then hit Enter key:

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

  • The last step, simply you are able to restart your computer. Now, the Windows Spotlight should start working by showing a new picture on the lock screen.

Well, the text above is an explanation about how to turn on/off Windows Spotlight features in Windows 10. If you have any questions, you are able to comment in the section below.

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