How to turn on Windows Spotlight Like What You See option

Some of the breathtaking images are brought directly to your PC screen via Spotlight feature in Windows 10. You can even explore personalized image results based on your interest by configuring ‘Like what you see’ option on the Lock Screen. However, at times, you may find this option missing. Here’s what you can do to restore Like what you see option of Windows 10 Spotlight.

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Turn on Windows Spotlight Like What You See

Windows Spotlight is a feature included by default in Windows 10. The feature downloads images, automatically from Bing and displays them when the lock screen becomes visible. If the Spotlight image is not accompanied by ‘Like what you see’ and other informational hot-spot overlays, you’ll have to carry out the following :

  1. Enable Windows Spotlight under LockScreen Options
  2. Check Registry setting.

1] Make sure Windows Spotlight is selected under LockScreen Options

For this, click Start, choose ‘Settings’ and move to ‘Personalization’ section.

There, go to ‘Lock Screen’ settings and change Background to Picture.

Spotlight for Windows 10

After that, just minimize this window and go to the following folder,


Select all files inside that folder, then move them to the Recycle Bin and permanently delete it.

Now, expand the Personalization > Lock Screen settings.

Change Background back to Windows Spotlight.

Close all windows, sign out, sign back in again. The Spotlight ‘Like what you see’ box should become visible now.

2] Use Registry hack

Press Win+ R to launch the ‘Run’ dialog box. Type ‘regedit’ in the empty field and press ‘OK’.

When the Registry Editor opens, go to following path address:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Lock Screen\Creative

Select Creative in the left side. Now in the right side, double click on LockImageFlags DWORD (REG_DWORD) to modify its Value data.

Change the Value data from 3 to 0 and click OK.

Close Registry Editor and reboot.

Following a restart, the problem should be resolved.

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