Use Windows Spotlight as Desktop Wallpaper Slideshow

The beautiful images that you see on your lock screen now and then come under the category of Windows SpotlightThese stunning images come from various sources from the aspects of photography of famous, historical, and other kinds of subjects. If you have never seen these before, let me tell you that they are truly beautiful and perfect to be one’s desktop wallpaper or even a background image in certain apps like (WhatsApp) or Homescreen backgrounds for other devices. Unfortunately, they are stored somewhere deep inside system files inside of the operating system and hence, normal users can not access them or read them properly. So, we need a solution which would bring in these images to a separate folder.

In case you want to manually access these images, follow this path using the Run box,


But in spite of being an image file, each file stored in that folder does not have any extension at all. So, you manually need to put an extension in the suffix part and check if that file contains the image that you are looking for. But this is kind of tiring process right? We always need the things we are looking for on a computer faster.
So, without much delay, let us just skip to the part where we can start getting these images.

Use Windows Spotlight as Desktop Wallpaper Slideshow

I would recommend reading the whole article first.

To begin with, you would need this Powershell script file to be downloaded. We recommend not letting this file be moved anywhere once you store it in a permanent location. This is so because this file is necessary to be run everytime you need a wallpaper migrated as a file.

Now, everytime this script is invoked, the spotlight images stored in the location mentioned above will be copied to your destination location and an extension will be added as a suffix.

It is worth noting that the destination is by default set to ‘Pictures\Wallpaper\Spotlight\‘ inside the OneDrive folder.

In order to change this location, set your preferred location in line 6 of the script. You can edit the script using Notepad or any other similar editing tool like Visual Studio Code.

Now, as this script runs the wallpapers are fetched and stored into the set destination folder. But the automation part is left.

Automating the running of this script

For this, I would recommend using the Task Scheduler to schedule a Task in with Create Basic Task Wizard.

Start by first downloading this file.

Now, open Task Scheduler by finding it from the Cortana Search Box.

After the Task Scheduler is opened, click on Import Task and select the XML file that we just downloaded.

Then a window will pop up that will contain fields to help you create tasks.

Navigate to the tab labeled as Triggers and then set the time and the period at which this script should run. And then finally click on OK.

Now, navigate to the tab labeled as Actions and then select the first and the only entry there and click on Edit.

In the Edit Action window that comes up, under the field of Program/Script, click on Browse and select the Powershell script file that we saved earlier and then finally click on OK and then click on OK again.

Finally, close the Task Scheduler.

Now you can delete the XML file for the Task Scheduler.

Finally, to set these images as a slideshow for the Desktop Backgrounds, start by opening Settings.

Then click on Personalize.

use Spotlight images as a Desktop Wallpaper

For the drop-down called Background, select Slideshow.

Now click on the button called Browse.

And finally, select the folder where all the pictures are stored as the destination.

This method was originally posted by Shawn Keene, MVP, on his own blog. In case you need a video guide for the same, he has posted a video guide as well.

Related read: Windows Spotlight Tool can help you save Spotlight Lock Screen images & use them as Wallpapers.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.