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    Find and Save Windows Spotlight Background Images in Windows 10

    Find and Save Windows Spotlight Background Images in Windows 10

    How to Find and Save Windows Spotlight Background Images in Windows 10
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    19 Dec 2017
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    information   Information
    Windows Spotlight is an option for the lock screen background that displays different background images and occasionally offers suggestions on the lock screen from Bing. Windows Spotlight is available in all desktop editions of Windows 10.

    For example, Windows Spotlight will display different backgrounds daily that you can select that you like or don't like to help train the service to show you images you like. You could also see and try previews of other Windows features and experiences to help let you know about them.

    You may wish to save and keep these Windows Spotlight images in a folder on your computer, and use them as your desktop background, sign-in screen background, etc...

    This tutorial will show you how to find and save the Windows spotlight background images displayed on your lock screen in Windows 10.

    EXAMPLE: Windows spotlight on lock screen
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    Here's How:

    1. Copy and paste the folder location below in the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter to open the Assets folder.
    Note   Note
    The folder location below is revealed in the LandscapeAssetPath string value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Lock Screen\Creative

    %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets


    2. Select all items in the Assets folder, and copy them all to another folder (ex: %UserProfile%\Pictures) of your choice. (see screenshot below)
    Tip   Tip
    If you like, you can also right click on a file, click/tap on Open with, and select Windows Photo Viewer to view a listed Windows spotlight image.

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    3. Open the folder (ex: %UserProfile%\Pictures) you save the items into, click/tap on the File tab, click/tap on Open Windows PowerShell, and click/tap on Open Windows PowerShell. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Type the commands below into PowerShell one at a time, press Enter after each command, and close PowerShell when finished. This will rename all items in the folder to add the .jpg file extension. (see screenshot below)

    cmd

    ren * *.jpg

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    5. Add the Dimensions column to the folder (ex: %UserProfile%\Pictures) you saved the items to. Change the folder view to sort by the Dimensions detail in descending order. (see screenshot below step 6)

    6. You will notice that the Windows spotlight images will have a different dimension for PC and mobile. You can delete the ones you don't want to keep saved. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Here are only the PC 1920 x 1080 Windows spotlight images shown in Extra large icons layout view. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 3
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       07 Mar 2016 #1

    nice! thank you
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  2. Posts : 28,514
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       07 Mar 2016 #2

    You're welcome 910.
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  3.    21 Mar 2016 #3

    Great instructions thank you.
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       21 Mar 2016 #4

    I'm glad it could help ovmeygat, and welcome to Ten Forums.
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  5.    15 May 2016 #5

    I forgot to copy the files to a different folder and now it's just a dark screen for me ( I tried to delete everything in the folder but no hope. Could you please tell me how to convert the files back to normal?
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       15 May 2016 #6

    Hello bathong, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you mean that you renamed them inside the "Assets" folder instead, then you could just delete the contents inside the "Assets" folder to clear them all. Afterwards, toggle to use a picture for your lock screen background and apply, then set to use Windows Spotlight again. It should start fresh again.
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  7.    15 May 2016 #7

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello bathong, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you mean that you renamed them inside the "Assets" folder instead, then you could just delete the contents inside the "Assets" folder to clear them all. Afterwards, toggle to use a picture for your lock screen background and apply, then set to use Windows Spotlight again. It should start fresh again.
    I tried that. It still gives me a black lock screen.

    UPDATE: It does download new files to the folder after deletion. When I open them with Paint, they look fine. I just don't understand how Windows can't read them.
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  • Posts : 28,514
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       15 May 2016 #8

    If you like, you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before making the mistake may be able sort it for you.

    System Restore Windows 10
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  •    15 May 2016 #9

    Brink said: View Post
    If you like, you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before making the mistake may be able sort it for you.

    System Restore Windows 10
    That's a great idea! Luckily there was a major update 2 days ago and Windows automatically created a restore point. It's back to normal now. Thanks, Brink!
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