Windows Spotlight is not working & stuck on the same picture

Windows Spotlight feature in Windows 10 allows users to fetch an image from Bing and set it as the Lock Screen background image automatically. However, some people have reported that Windows Spotlight is not working for them and that at times Windows Spotlight is stuck on the same picture. If you are facing this issue, then this tutorial will show you how to reset Windows Spotlight preferences and fix the problem.

Windows Spotlight not working

There may be plenty of reasons, why your Windows 10 machine is not fetching new wallpaper from Bing. Resetting Windows Spotlight settings & preferences is very likely to help you.

But before you begin you have to ensure that you have a working Internet connection as Windows Spotlight features requires an active internet connection to show new wallpaper on the lock screen. Otherwise, it won’t be able to grab the image from the repository. So make sure that you are connected to the Internet.

Reset Windows Spotlight preferences

Windows Spotlight is stuck on the same picture

If in spite of being connected to the Internet, you face problems, you may want to reset Windows Spotlight preferences and settings and see if that helps.These following steps would let you reset the Windows Spotlight settings in Windows 10 – there is no need of any software, though.

Before you begin, create a system restore point first.

Next, open Settings panel by pressing Win+I  and go to Personalization > Lock Screen. Under the Background option, choose Picture and set a picture as default lock screen background.

Next, navigate to the following folder,

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_<characters>\Settings

You will have to first unhide all hidden folders in Windows.

Now, here in this folder, you will see two files called roaming.lock and settigns.dat. Delete both of them.

Windows Spotlight is not working

Having thus reset Windows Spotlight preferences & settings, open the Lock Screen personalization settings and set Windows Spotlight as the default lock screen background.

If this does not help, you want to proceed to the next step.

Re-register Windows Spotlight

To do this, open an administrator Powershell windows, type the following and hit Enter:

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager -allusers | foreach {Add-AppxPackage -register "$($_.InstallLocation)\appxmanifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode}

Now check your lock screen and see if you have a new wallpaper or not.

Hope this help. If nothing works, you can always go back to the created system restore point.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.