Reset and Re-register Windows Spotlight in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 2,422
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #180

    @x7007

    As I hadn't Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10, I also did that...and nothing changed. No Spotlight!

    Just FWIW these are the steps I followed (in a form of a PowerShell script) to reset the damn thing

    Code:
    ### Set the Lock Screen Background to 'Picture'
    start ms-settings:lockscreen
    
    Pause
    
    Disable-NetAdapter -Name 'Wi-Fi'
    Pause
    Enable-NetAdapter -Name 'Wi-Fi'
    
    Pause
    
    ### Reset Windows Spotlight
    Get-ChildItem -Path "$env:USERPROFILE\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets" -Recurse -Force | Remove-Item -Recurse -Force
    Get-ChildItem -Path "$env:USERPROFILE\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings" -Recurse -Force | Remove-Item -Recurse -Force
    
    Pause
    
    ### Re-register Windows Spotlight and Windows Store
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | where { $_.Name -match "ContentDeliveryManager|WindowsStore" } | foreach { Add-AppxPackage "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppxManifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register} 
    
    Write-Host 'The system should be restarted to complete the operation.'
    Pause
    Restart-Computer -Force

    and it's still not working!!!
    So if you come up with an a idea like you said, about any non-properly starting services...please post it here!
    Last edited by ddelo; 15 Apr 2020 at 13:22.
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  2. Posts : 52
    windows 10
       #181

    I've found 2 more things. don't even need to restart

    just Re-Register with the command

    Then go C:\Users\youruser\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Sett ings

    Delete any files there. go back to Spotlight and change it to something else and back couple of times, you'll get new pictures 1st or 2nd time after changing and then bing and spotlight would work.. For me it keeps stop working and this is instant fixing it even without restart. I still didn't find exactly what causing it. on my laptop and other desktop it keeps working, but I almost never restart them and network is always on there, compare to my main desktop.
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  3. Posts : 2,422
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #182

    x7007 said:
    I've found 2 more things. don't even need to restart

    just Re-Register with the command

    Then go C:\Users\youruser\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Sett ings

    Delete any files there. go back to Spotlight and change it to something else and back couple of times, you'll get new pictures 1st or 2nd time after changing and then bing and spotlight would work.. For me it keeps stop working and this is instant fixing it even without restart. I still didn't find exactly what causing it. on my laptop and other desktop it keeps working, but I almost never restart them and network is always on there, compare to my main desktop.

    Nope....nothing! Thanks anyways
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  4. Posts : 52
    windows 10
       #183

    ddelo said:
    Nope....nothing! Thanks anyways
    ddelo said:


    I've found something interesting.

    When using any other language than ENGLISH United States BING WON'T SHOW THE "What you Like"

    As soon I changed from say English Philippines and removing C:\Users\X7007\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Setting s\Settings.Dat file, as soon I change from Spotlight to Picture and back to spotlight and Lock the screen the picture changed and the What you like came back.

    So it's something with the Languages. if you use other languages it could maybe not support something from the Bing servers.
    Last edited by x7007; 05 Jun 2020 at 12:44.
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  5. Posts : 177
    Windows 10 Pro
       #184

    In my case Windows Spotlight entry is missing from Background dropdown list, and as consequence there's no Assets folder either. Already applied your batch file and rebooted, but nothing. Shall I create my own thread to request help on that?
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  6. Posts : 61,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #185

    ksio89 said:
    In my case Windows Spotlight entry is missing from Background dropdown list, and as consequence there's no Assets folder either. Already applied your batch file and rebooted, but nothing. Shall I create my own thread to request help on that?
    Hello mate,

    Since your issue may get pretty involved, it would be best to create a new separate thread for it.
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  7. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       #186

    My Windows Spotlight stopped working and this didn't fix it. It's possible that some of the other local files were corrupt, what I did was rename any folder with contents in
    Code:
    "%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings"
    to "xyz.old", and it seemed to fix itself after a short time. It also deleted all the "xyz.old" folders so it must have detected something was wrong and decided to recreate everything.
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  8. Posts : 52
    windows 10
       #187

    facboy said:
    My Windows Spotlight stopped working and this didn't fix it. It's possible that some of the other local files were corrupt, what I did was rename any folder with contents in
    Code:
    "%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings"
    to "xyz.old", and it seemed to fix itself after a short time. It also deleted all the "xyz.old" folders so it must have detected something was wrong and decided to recreate everything.
    that's exactly what I wrote my last post above.
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  9. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       #188

    x7007 said:
    that's exactly what I wrote my last post above.
    so it is...would help if i wrote what i meant . I copy-pasted the wrong folder in my message. Deleting the "Settings" folder has never worked for me, what i meant is delete/rename everything you can in the top-level folder:

    Code:
    "%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy"
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  10. Posts : 65
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #189

    Been having this problem a few months myself!


    The bat file still works! Repaired my stubborn greyed out spotlight image in settings! Thanks much Brinks!
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