How to fix Windows Spotlight Lock Screen errors on Windows 10

The Windows Spotlight is one of the wonderful features added to Windows 10. The feature gives a new look every time to your desktop when you sign in to your computer. Windows Spotlight downloads wallpapers from Bing and sets them as the Lock screen background image.

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Undoubtedly the Spotlight feature is great but sometime it will become uncomfortable when it stops working correctly. The common error that happened with Windows Spotlight is it will stick on the same background. Unfortunately, you can’t directly reset the features on your Windows 10. Don’t be anxious here are some easy workaround that you can use to fix the Windows Spotlight Lock screen error.

How to Disable Spotlight feature

You can disable and enable Spotlight feature to try to fix the issue.

  1. Go to ‘Settings.’
  2. And click on ‘Personalization.’
  3. Then click on ‘Lock screen.’
  4. Click on the ‘Background’ dropdown button.
  5. And select a ‘Picture/Slideshow’ option from the menu.

Spotlight feature will be disabled, now do more things like clear assets, reset settings, and re-enable the Spotlight feature.

How to clear Spotlight assets (Old images)

You can clear assets of the Spotlight such as old images and files. To delete old images and files of Spotlight that is stored in your Windows 10 device, follow the below steps.

  1. Launch ‘Run Command’ on your Windows 10 computer.
  2. Now, type the following command. “%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets”
  3. When the folder open, Press ‘Ctrl+A’ on your keyboard to select all files.
  4. And hit the ‘Delete’ button on your keyboard to clear all images. Don’t worry these all are the old images.

 

How to reset Spotlight settings

If clearing old images and files will not work, you can reset Spotlight settings.

  1. Launch ‘Run Command’ on your Windows 10 computer.
  2. Now, type the following command into it to open Spotlight Settings. “%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings”
  3. On the settings window, Right-click on ‘settings.dat’ file and select ‘Rename’ from the menu.
  4. Rename it to ‘settings.dat.bak.’
  5. Now, right-click on ‘roaming.lock’ file and select ‘Rename’ from the menu.
  6. Rename it to ‘roaming.lock.bak.’
  7. Go to the ‘Restart’ option and restart your computer.

How to reset Spotlight settings from PowerShell

  1. Search for ‘PowerShell’ into Start menu search.
  2. And ‘Run it as administrator.’
  3. Now, type the following command into it.

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

  1. And hit ‘Enter’ button.
  2. After that, go to ‘Restart’ option and restart your computer.

How to Enable Spotlight feature

Go through the below steps to enable it.

  1. Go to ‘Settings.’
  2. And click on ‘Personalization.’
  3. Then click on ‘Lock screen.’
  4. Click on the ‘Background’ dropdown button.
  5. And select a ‘Windows Spotlight’ from the menu.

All Done! The process is complete now you can check Windows Spotlight feature is working properly or not. Press ‘Ctrl + L’ button on your keyboard to lock and then check that the background images are rotating or not. Background images will change whenever you sign in.

 

Mathew Anderson  is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Mathew has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup

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