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    Reset and Re-register Windows Spotlight in Windows 10

    How to Reset and Re-register Windows Spotlight in Windows 10
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    16 Feb 2018
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    How to Reset and Re-register Windows Spotlight in Windows 10


    Windows Spotlight is an option for the lock screen background that displays different background images and occasionally offers suggestions on the lock screen from Bing. Windows Spotlight is available in all desktop editions of Windows 10.

    For example, Windows Spotlight will display different backgrounds daily that you can select that you like or don't like to help train the service to show you images you like. You could also see and try previews of other Windows features and experiences to help let you know about them.

    Configure Windows Spotlight on the lock screen | Microsoft Docs

    Sometimes you may notice that Windows Spotlight will stop working, or may get stuck on the same image.

    This tutorial will show you how to reset and re-register Windows Spotlight when it stops working or gets stuck on the same image for your account in Windows 10.



    Here's How:

    1. If you haven't already, make sure that the Microsoft Edge and Settings apps are turned on in background apps so they can run in the background for Windows Spotlight images.

    2. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    3. Click/tap on Lock screen on the left side, select to temporarily use a Picture or Slideshow as your lock screen background instead of Windows spotlight in the drop down under Background on the right side, and close Settings. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.

    Reset_and_re-register_Windows_Spotlight.bat

    download

    The .bat file will delete all files in the two folders below to reset Windows Spotlight, and then will re-register Windows Spotlight for the current account.

    Code:
    :: Reset Windows Spotlight
    DEL /F /S /Q /A "%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets"
    DEL /F /S /Q /A "%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings"
    
    :: Re-register Windows Spotlight
    PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command "& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage *ContentDeliveryManager*).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}"

    5. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    6. Unblock the .bat file, and run the .bat file.

    7. Restart the computer to apply.

    8. After you sign back in to Windows with your account, open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    9. Click/tap on Lock screen on the left side, select to use Windows spotlight in the drop down under Background on the right side as your lock screen background again, and close Settings. (see screenshot below)

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    10. Lock the computer (Win+L) to see if Windows Spotlight is working properly again.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 677
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       10 May 2017 #1

    Thanks Brink. Works well to ensure Spotlight will work correctly after restoring an image.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 30,715
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
    Thread Starter
       10 May 2017 #2

    I'm glad it could help. :)
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 549
    Windows 10 Pro 17134.167
       15 Jul 2017 #3

    Hi Shawn,

    I ran this bat file in Windows 10 16232 and I cannot see any image on Spotlight. Switching from Picture to Spotlight just shows spinning circle forever. Checked Content Delivery Asset folder and it has updated with all files showing today's date but Windows can't seem to sort it out. If I leave Personalization with it set to Spotlight and come back it shows a black image.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    15 Jul 2017 #4

    I was looking for something like this as my lock screen has been stuck on the same image for ages.

    However when I run it in cmd prompt (elevated) I get this:

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  5. Posts : 30,715
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
    Thread Starter
       15 Jul 2017 #5

    swarfega said: View Post
    I was looking for something like this as my lock screen has been stuck on the same image for ages.

    However when I run it in cmd prompt (elevated) I get this:
    Hey Nick, :)

    If you like, see if using Option 2 below to rate the Windows Spotlight image with "Not a fan" may change it for you.

    Rate Windows Spotlight Background Images on Lock Screen in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 30,715
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    Thread Starter
       15 Jul 2017 #6

    tracit99 said: View Post
    Hi Shawn,

    I ran this bat file in Windows 10 16232 and I cannot see any image on Spotlight. Switching from Picture to Spotlight just shows spinning circle forever. Checked Content Delivery Asset folder and it has updated with all files showing today's date but Windows can't seem to sort it out. If I leave Personalization with it set to Spotlight and come back it shows a black image.
    Hello tracit, :)

    Is this even after restarting the computer?
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 549
    Windows 10 Pro 17134.167
       15 Jul 2017 #7

    Shawn this is 90 minutes after a restart. "Like what you see?" was missing on the lock screen. That is what started me down this road.

    PS Slideshow is not working either.

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  8.    15 Jul 2017 #8

    Brink said: View Post
    Hey Nick, :)

    If you like, see if using Option 2 below to rate the Windows Spotlight image with "Not a fan" may change it for you.

    Rate Windows Spotlight Background Images on Lock Screen in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
    Thanks for the suggestion. Trouble is, the stuck image is a good one, but I want change lol.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  9. Posts : 30,715
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
    Thread Starter
       15 Jul 2017 #9

    swarfega said: View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion. Trouble is, the stuck image is a good one, but I want change lol.
    LOL, I hear that. Did it change for you?
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 
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