Reset and Re-register Windows Spotlight in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 7,257
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    I managed to get this to work again by deleting the files in %USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets and renaming the files in %USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings then restarting.
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  2. Posts : 61,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Hey Nick, :)

    The .bat file deletes the files in both those locations, and then re-registers Windows Spotlight for good measure.

    Did the .bat file not help?
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  3. Posts : 7,257
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Strangely I tried the batch file, unblocked it and ran it but it was still the same. Manaully doing it worked.
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  4. Posts : 61,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter

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  5. Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    This is exactly my situation.
    All these are empty in my registry, and nothing I do seems to fix that. I've tried re-registering the app several times.
    I had content in the assets dir, that I delted, and nothing comes back, assuming because the registry is empty, so ContentDeliveryManager doesn't know where to put the files.

    I will now check the data for those registry values on my sons' computers, and see if I can manually set them and get some reaction from my system.

    hattrik21 said:
    I tried your bat file and the other suggestions in this thread and mine still does not work for one user on the machine. I have a second user that when they are logged in, everything words fine. I have no policies preventing cloud content. Everything there is default. I have also have tried completely removing the Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy folder and resetting things with your bat file.

    One thing I did notice after all I have tried the is that the registry keys are not getting set. For the working user I have data in the following keys under the Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Lock Screen\Creative.


    For the non working user, these are all blank. At one point Spotlight did work for the user in question so it makes me think there is something in the user profile or registry somewhere that needs to be fixed?
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  6. Posts : 53
    Windows 10 pro

    I'm trying to run reset batch and getting an error.
    D:\Downloads>PowerShell  -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command "& {$manifest =  (Get-AppxPackage *ContentDeliveryManager*).InstallLocation +  '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register  $manifest}"
    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF6, Package could not be registered.
    An internal error occurred with error 0x80070005. See for help diagnosing app
    deployment issues.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 5662ea17-97e3-0001-1f6b-6556e397d301 in the Event Log or use the
    command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 5662ea17-97e3-0001-1f6b-6556e397d301
    At line:1 char:99
    + ... fest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manife ...
    +                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo          : WriteError: (C:\Windows\Syst...ppxManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand
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  7. Posts : 61,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter

    Hello lepa71, :)

    Are your running the downloaded .bat file from your desktop?
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  8. Posts : 53
    Windows 10 pro

    Brink said:
    Hello lepa71, :)

    Are your running the downloaded .bat file from your desktop?
    No. I downloaded it to other folder. Should I?
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  9. Posts : 61,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter

    Test running it from the desktop to see if that may be the issue.
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  10. Posts : 3

    The answer is simple, once you know it! After trying all the fixes to resurrect Spotlight (Win10 Pro / 1709) which all resulted in failure, the simple answer was found: Settings > Privacy > Background Apps: Edge & Settings must be set to ON. Spotlight still doesn't work perfectly - but - another Win10 reset should fix the registry issues primarily with LockScreen > Creative which is basically empty. This is what was done:
    Completely deleted: Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager (must have permission - easy way TakeOwnerShip Pro App) > restored (using PowerShell Admin. approach) Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager (no errors) > turned ON Edge & Settings (which had been set to off > clicked Win Key + L > Spotlight. Now, it's not perfect: Preview Blank, Options (Like What You See, etc.) don't appear on the login Spotlight but do appear when the Win Key+L is used to view Spotlight. Disclaimer: This worked for me...but...every user setup is different. Additionally, Spotlight appears to have been coded by the Mad Scientist featured on Robot Chicken!!!
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