windows spotlight not working

You’ve noticed that your lock screen is staying as the same picture and Windows spotlight isn’t doing its job.

Windows Spotlight is an option for the lock screen background that displays different background images from Bing each day and occasionally offers suggestions on the lock screen.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to fix this problem so that your lock screen can start changing again.

I’m going to show you the most reliable ways to fix this first so that you don’t have to keep scrolling down and trying useless methods.

Let’s get started…

Why Doesn’t Windows Spotlight Change Lock Screen?

The main reason as to why Windows spotlight isn’t working is because of a bug in the system.

This bug is stopping the lock screen from changing the pictures.

A bug is a failure in the system that causes unexpected results.

Down below are a few ways you can get rid of this bug.

Reset Windows Spotlight Search

The first thing you need to do is to reset the Windows Spotlight search.

This is an easy step to do and it should get rid of the bug within the system that’s causing your lock screen not to change.

To reset Spotlight App:

  1. Click on the Windows key + R to open Run
  2. Search for cmd.exe then ok
  3. Click yes if prompted by user account control
  4. Type in each command below and hit the enter key after each one:

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

  • dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  • sfc /scannow
  • powershell
  • Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like “*SystemApps*”} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

After running each command one by one, click on the Windows key + L and see if your picture changes.

If the picture does change, it means that Windows spotlight is working just fine.

If your lock screen picture didn’t change, go to the next step.

Re-enable Spotlight Search

The next step you’ll need to take in order for this to work is to re-enable Windows Spotlight using file explorer.

When a feature is re-enabled, this basically means that it’s turned off then turned back on again.

Doing this may help get rid of the problem.

To re-enable Windows Spotlight:

  1. Search for Settings
  2. Click on personalisation

Re-enable Windows spotlight

  1. Chose picture or slideshow, not Windows spotlight
  2. Open the file explorer with Windows key + E

Show hidden items file explorer

  1. Click on View then check Hidden items in Show/hide
  2. Go to C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_<Package ID>\LocalState\Assets
  3. In the assets folder, you’ve located to, select all the files and delete them
  4. Go back to personalisation in settings
  5. Chose Windows Spotlight
  6. Click on Windows key + L to check if the lock screen changed

If this didn’t change, you’ll need to go to the next step.

Reset Windows PC

The next step that I advise you take in this situation is to reset your Windows PC.

This is going to get rid of any bugs that are stopping Windows spotlight from working.

To reset Windows PC:

  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Select Update & security
  3. Click Recovery in the left pane
  4. Click Get started under Reset this PC
  5. Click either Keep my files
  6. Click next, reset, then continue
  7. Windows spotlight should start working

Bottom Line

Those are all the steps you need to take if you find that Windows spotlight isn’t working.

if none of these step work, comment down below and I’ll help you further.

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