Reset and Re-register Windows Spotlight in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 61,488
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #190

    Tutman said:
    The bat file still works! Repaired my stubborn greyed out spotlight image in settings! Thanks much Brinks!
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  2. Posts : 7,086
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #191

    Since I updated my desktop PC to v2004 a few weeks ago, the Spotlight image has not changed on each account. I've tried the batch file twice now in one account. That does cause the image to change but then it just stays fixed. For some reason, the batch file is not working to completely reset Spotlight.
    Last edited by Steve C; 19 Nov 2020 at 08:23.
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  3. Posts : 2,195
    Windows 11 Pro 64bit
       #192

    I’ve found on occasion it takes two ‘cleans’ to fix the problem.
    Also I change Spotlight to picture, close the settings, lock the screen & wake (log in) then run the the .bat, then open settings>Lock Screen & change picture to spotlight then lock the screen again & wake. This seems to work better for some reason.
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  4. Posts : 1,604
    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.1110
       #193

    Both of my computers are stuck on their own lock screen. I've used the batch file many times on both, but no joy. they've both lost the information I like to see about the picture too.
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  5. Posts : 7,086
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #194

    Jacee said:
    Both of my computers are stuck on their own lock screen. I've used the batch file many times on both, but no joy. they've both lost the information I like to see about the picture too.
    Same here. I just put this down to another epic failure of MS software engineering.
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  6. Posts : 7,086
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #195

    As if by magic, Spotlight has started working on my offending desktop PC after doing another reset as shown in this tutorial about 3 days ago.
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  7. Posts : 24,515
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #196

    Steve C said:
    As if by magic, Spotlight has started working on my offending desktop PC after doing another reset as shown in this tutorial about 3 days ago.

    It has always been my experience that after resetting Spotlight it would take a few days before it grabbed some new images.

    Fortunately Spotlight has been robust for me since about version 1903, before that I had to reset it regularly.
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  8. Posts : 1
    all of them
       #197

    Steve C said:
    Same here. I just put this down to another epic failure of MS software engineering.
    No matter what I do, Spotlight doesn't start working.

    I've got two PC:s. Both of them had working Spotlight initially, but after months the image gets stuck to the default one. I've tried all possible resets, reboots, bats, registry tricks, but no avail. I'm frustrated. How difficult can it be to get an image to change?
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  9. Posts : 2,422
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #198

    HQJaTu said:
    No matter what I do, Spotlight doesn't start working.

    I've got two PC:s. Both of them had working Spotlight initially, but after months the image gets stuck to the default one. I've tried all possible resets, reboots, bats, registry tricks, but no avail. I'm frustrated. How difficult can it be to get an image to change?
    Same here. Nothing seems to work anymore!
    A week ago I reset the Spotlight, just to see if I get lucky like @Steve C did...but no dice.

    The weirdest thing is that Spotlight works flawlessly in the VM, hosted on the same laptop!
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  10. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-bit
       #199

    I'm facing the same issue here.
    Tried the reset procedure with no effect.

    Any ideas how to fix it?


    UPDATE:
    Seems to work again. One has to wait a little bit until the magic happens.
    Sometimes it may take up to 24 hours after resetting for Windows Spotlight to sync again.
    So anyone having this problem, follow the exact steps, make sure your computer has access to the internet and is turned on and then wait...
    Thanks for the tutorial!
    Last edited by Wojty; 07 Feb 2021 at 05:31.
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