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    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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  2. Posts : 7,086
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #201

    I don't see Edge listed in the background apps - is that diagram correct?
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    Steve C said:
    I don't see Edge listed in the background apps - is that diagram correct?
    The icon shows legacy Edge, and Step 1 does say, "If you haven't already, make sure that the Microsoft Edge (only if listed), Microsoft Store, and Settings apps are turned on in background apps so they can run in the background for Windows Spotlight images. (see screenshot below)."
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  4. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 - 2004
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    A different approach


    I also do not have Microsoft Edge in the backgroud app list, BUT: if you open Edge, then go into Settings - System, you will find a backgroud setting there.

    I am joining this thread because I also have this problem. I always managed to fix it with the usual steps. This thread have slightly different approach, and at the end I mix all steps together and the procedure works.

    BUT.... this f***ing thing, after a while, stops working again. Maybe after days, maybe after months. But you can be sure.

    Here is my idea... I have hand-picked almost one hundred of beautiful 4K wallpapers (I have a 4K monitor) and these are great for the boot and lock screen (Spotlight does not use 4K images) so I think I can disable spotlight and use "picture" setting.... but now I need a way to automatically change the picture every day.

    Which is the registry key that holds the picture name / location ?
    Someone is able to write a bat that selected a random image from a given folder, and change this registry key ???

    Cheers !
    Ginosergio

    P.S.: Windows 10 PRO ver: 2004 build 19041.804
    Last edited by Ginosergio; 17 Feb 2021 at 02:54.
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  5. Posts : 61,488
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    Hello @Ginosergio, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    You could use step 5 in option 1 of the tutorial below to set the lock screen to use a folder with these pictures in it as a slideshow for the background.

    It plays the images in the folder, but I'm not sure on how random they will be.

    Change Lock Screen Background in Windows 10
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  6. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 - 2004
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    Brink said:
    Hello @Ginosergio, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    You could use step 5 in option 1 of the tutorial below to set the lock screen to use a folder with these pictures in it as a slideshow for the background.
    Hi Brink, thank you for your answer but I forgot to mention a thing:
    The "standard" setting that you can do with the well-known window where I spent hours of my life fighting with Spotlight, does NOT work for me. Like Spotlight when it goes mad.
    I set "Slideshow", I select 2 folders of my C: disk where I have my beautiful wallpapers, and the preview immediately show a new picture.... that is not on my HD !! I never seen that picture.
    And obviously that is the only picture that I see both in lock screen and when I boot my PC. It never change.

    That's why I was searching for the registry key....
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  7. Posts : 61,488
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Ginosergio said:
    Hi Brink, thank you for your answer but I forgot to mention a thing:
    The "standard" setting that you can do with the well-known window where I spent hours of my life fighting with Spotlight, does NOT work for me. Like Spotlight when it goes mad.
    I set "Slideshow", I select 2 folders of my C: disk where I have my beautiful wallpapers, and the preview immediately show a new picture.... that is not on my HD !! I never seen that picture.
    And obviously that is the only picture that I see both in lock screen and when I boot my PC. It never change.

    That's why I was searching for the registry key....
    I haven't been able to find a registry key for a slideshow yet.
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  8. Posts : 2,422
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #207

    Brink said:
    I haven't been able to find a registry key for a slideshow yet.
    Hi Shawn,

    I have written a small script, which can be scheduled to run from the Task Scheduler (with user selected frequency) and randomly changes the Lock image, from a preset images folder ("$env:USERPROFILE\Pictures\Wallpapers\WindowsSpotlight\Images") which of course can be changed in the script.

    Code:
    function Get-RandomNumber {
        $RandomBytes = New-Object -TypeName "System.Byte[]" 4
        $Random = New-Object -TypeName "System.Security.Cryptography.RNGCryptoServiceProvider"
        $Random.GetBytes($RandomBytes)
        [BitConverter]::ToInt32($RandomBytes, 0)
    }
    
    $RegistryKey = "Registry::\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PersonalizationCSP"
    
    $ImagesFolder = "$env:USERPROFILE\Pictures\Wallpapers\WindowsSpotlight\Images"
    
    $LockScreenImageValue = (Get-ChildItem -Path $ImagesFolder | Get-Random -SetSeed (Get-RandomNumber) -Count 1).FullName
    
    if (!(Test-Path $RegistryKey)) {
        New-Item -Path $RegistryKey -Force | Out-Null
    }
    
    # Create Registry entries for Lock Screen
    Set-ItemProperty -Path $RegistryKey -Name "LockScreenImageStatus" -Type DWord -Value 1 -Force
    Set-ItemProperty -Path $RegistryKey -Name "LockScreenImagePath" -Type String -Value $LockScreenImageValue -Force
    Set-ItemProperty -Path $RegistryKey -Name "LockScreenImageUrl" -Type String -Value $LockScreenImageValue -Force
    
    #Ensure the changes to the Lock screen image take place immediately
    rundll32.exe user32.dll, UpdatePerUserSystemParameters
    I have been running this one, for a while now, since I got sick of Spotlight not working!!!
    Last edited by ddelo; 19 Feb 2021 at 23:38.
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  9. Posts : 2,422
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #208

    I forgot... once you apply the registry settings the LockScreen selector is disabled.
    To re-enable it, you need to delete the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PersonalizationCSP registry key!
    Last edited by ddelo; 17 Feb 2021 at 16:20.
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  10. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 - 2004
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    Hi Dimitri,
    thank you for your script, that really seems what I was searching !!!

    Just some questions as I am newbie in these things..... I managed to find the task scheduler, and I see that "create basic task" finally make me choose a file to run, but:

    - Which extension should have the file where I save the script ?
    - this saved file can be anywhere or should be in a fixed folder ?
    - in the LOCK SCREEN personalization page, I think I should choose "Picture", right ? Then any picture... then close this page ?
    - in your script can I simply set $ImagesFolder = "D:\Pictures\MyWallpapers" ?? (Don't know what $env is...)

    Last, I do not understand the advice in your second post, to delete that registry key that seems a key that is set by the script...
    When should I delete that key ? every day ? (if the scheduled task run every day)

    Which is the right order for:
    - set "Picture" in lock screen options
    - run scheduled task
    - delete the registry key
    ??

    sorry for this list of questions....
    thank you so much!
    Ginosergio
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