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  1. Posts : 61,488
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #120

    NMI said:
    1809: Settings doesn't appear in Background apps.

    Sorry; build 17763.292.
    I just checked in that build in a VM of mine, and it's there below. Just to verify, did you scroll down in background apps on the right side to see it?

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  2. Posts : 24,515
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #121

    NMI said:
    1809: Settings doesn't appear in Background apps.
    Sorry; build 17763.292.

    How odd, I have just looked at five machines on 1809. Three of the machines (Home, Pro, Pro x86) have Settings in background apps, the other two (one Pro, one Home x86) don't.

    The only common factor for the two that don't have Settings are that they were clean installs of 1803, upgraded to 1809 (one Home x86, the other Pro x64). The others that do have Settings were either a clean install of 1809 (in a VM) or upgrades from Win7 up through all Win10 versions up to 1809.

    Reset and Re-register Windows Spotlight in Windows 10-1809-pro-no-.png

    Reset and Re-register Windows Spotlight in Windows 10-1809-pro-clean-install-yes-.png
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  3. Posts : 24,515
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #122

    @NMI and @Brink

    I have compared the registry of the two machines in my screenshots above. The one missing 'Settings' is a W10 Pro machine, clean installed as 1803, subsequently upgraded to 1809. The one with 'Settings' is a VM clean install of 1809 running on the same machine and installed using the same ISO that upgraded its host machine.

    The host machine is missing the registry key windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\BackgroundAccessApplications\

    Creating this key (no need to give it any values) restores Settings to the list of Background apps.

    This missing Settings in Background apps seems to have been the fault of the clean install of 1803. On the other machine with Settings missing I restored its original 1803 image. Almost all items in Background apps were missing, just five were listed!

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  4. Posts : 25
    Win 10 Pro
       #123

    So I dont know if this is the same issue but here it goes...I locked my computer last night and have it set to slideshow, so it just displayed one of the windows images with no clock or app info like weather whatsoever. Usually it will show a default windows image and after a second or two switch to the slideshow and display the clock etc. But now it is just stuck without the time or info and when I press a key it flashes the latest image that was displayed in the slideshow(weird) then log on comes up. But if you let the logon timeout it will start the slideshow. It happens on all options whether slideshow, image, or spotlight. I also do not get new images in spotlight nor little messages about the image. I followed the tutorial but am waiting for 24hrs later tonight.
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  5. Posts : 2
    8.1 Pro
       #124

    Read a lot but post almost nothing. Been chasing my tail on this. Finally ran your suggestion and it worked. Thanks so much.
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  6. Posts : 61,488
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #125

    m1a1mg said:
    Read a lot but post almost nothing. Been chasing my tail on this. Finally ran your suggestion and it worked. Thanks so much.

    You're most welcome. I'm glad it was able to help.
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  7. NMI
    Posts : 947
    Windows 10 Pro, Version 20H2
       #126

    Bree said:
    @NMI and @Brink

    The host machine is missing the registry key windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\BackgroundAccessApplications\

    Creating this key (no need to give it any values) restores Settings to the list of Background apps.

    Thanks Bree. That put Settings into Background apps for me.

    (Sorry I overlooked this useful reply for a few weeks somehow!)
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  8. Posts : 24,515
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #127

    NMI said:
    Sorry I overlooked this useful reply for a few weeks somehow!
    Not to worry, at least it did the job for you in the end
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  9. Posts : 345
    Windows 10
       #128

    Three and half years after the release of Windows 10, we still don't know why Windows Spotlight sometimes stops working and needs to be reset.
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  10. Posts : 239
    Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 2004 (build 21292.1010)
       #129

    Ground Sloth said:
    Three and half years after the release of Windows 10, we still don't know why Windows Spotlight sometimes stops working and needs to be reset.
    Three and a half years from now, we still won't know why Windows Spotlight sometimes stops working and needs to be reset.
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