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Windows Spotlight is a feature included by default in Windows 10 that downloads pictures and advertisements automatically from Bing and displays them when the lock screen is being shown on a computer running the operating system.
Common Reasons For Windows Spotlight Errors
Windows Spotlight occasionally stops working. While there is no concrete reason for this, common reasons include:
- No Internet connection, since Spotlight needs a connection to download images.
- Windows updates sometimes break Windows Spotlight, and you may need to restart the service manually.
- Images used by the Windows Spotlight feature can also get corrupted, resulting in Windows Spotlight errors. In this case, you can clean the Spotlight images folder and let the service populate it once again.
- Windows Spotlight setting files can also get corrupted requiring you to reset the service.
Solution 1. Restarting Windows Spotlight
The simplest fix to try when Windows Spotlight is not working is to restart the service.
To do this:
- Navigate to Windows Settings by pressing Win + I.
- Click on Personalization and then hit Lock screen located in the left-hand panel.
- Under Background, open the dropdown menu and choose Picture or Slideshow.
- Close the Settings app and restart your computer.
Re-enable Windows Spotlight by following the above steps and enabling Spotlight instead of Picture and Slideshow.
Solution 2. Manually Deleting Spotlight Asset Files
Manually deleting Spotlight assets files requires you to navigate to the folder where Spotlight’s assets are stored.
To do this:
- Hit the Windows keys, type Run, and choose the appropriate option.
- When the Run dialogue box appears, paste “%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets” and click Ok.
- After the folder opens, press Ctrl + A to select all files, and hit the Delete key to remove all the files.
Now, re-enable the Spotlight feature if you’ve disabled it earlier, then restart your computer.
Solution 3. Manually Reseting Windows Spotlight Settings
Manually reset Windows Spotlight:
- Press the Windows key, type Run, and choose the appropriate option to open the Run dialogue box.
- Paste “%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings” path into the dialogue box and press Ok. This will open the Settings folder.
- You’ll find two files settings.dat and roaming.lock in the Settings folder. Rename these files to settings.dat.bak and roaming.lock.bak respectively, by right-clicking on each file and pressing Rename.
- Close the folder and restart your computer.
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