how to fix windows spotlight images not changing

You have seen that the lock screen wallpaper of Windows 10 changes from time to time. Every time when you enter the lock screen you got a fresh and new look. Because nobody likes the same picture every day. It's a feature of Windows 10 known as windows spotlight. But due to some reasons, windows spotlight not working on your system.

But don't worry, I will guide you to fix the windows spotlight image stuck issue.  Actually, when your laptop or pc is connected to the internet, then your system downloads the bing wallpaper and sets it as your lock screen wallpaper.

For that when you enter the sign-in page, you found a fresh look with new images. Which gives you a better user experience.

Why are the windows 10 spotlight not working

There are some reasons which may create the windows spotlight images not changing problem. Such as:

  1. Windows 10 updates crash the service.
  2. The windows spotlight system files going corrupted.
  3. Haven't connected your computer or laptop to the internet for a long time.

Actually windows 10 settings apps not provide to fix it. But there are two simple methods that help you to solve this problem. So let's start.

Fix windows spotlight not working by reset settings in 4 steps

If your windows spotlight images are stuck on the same picture on the lock screen. Then follow the below steps to fix this problem.

In this process, we are going to delete spotlight downloaded images and resting the setting. So that the feature can work again properly.


Step 1: Remove windows spotlight from background

  • First, you need to open your settings apps.
  • Then go to personalization.
  • In the personalization window select lock screen.

how to fix windows spotlight images not changing

  • Now in the background drop-down menu, you will find three options. Just select a picture or slideshow.

After completing this process follow the next step shown below to delete the assets and reset the settings.


Step 2: Deleting previous spotlight assets

  • Press Windows +R from your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.

how to fix windows spotlight images not changing

  • Now copy the following path from below and paste it to the run dialog box. Then click on ok or press enter key.



how to fix windows spotlight images not changing

  • After opening the path select all the files by pressing CTRL+A. Then press the DELETE key, it will delete your old assets.
Now you need to reset spotlight settings. Here's how.


Step 3: Resetting windows spotlight settings

  • Open the RUN dialog box by pressing WINDOWS + R key.

how to fix windows spotlight images not changing

  • Now copy the following path from below and paste to the run dialog box. Then press ENTER.



how to fix windows spotlight images not changing

  • Inside the settings folder, you will find settings.dat and roaming.lock files. Now you need to rename these files. And change their name as settings.dat.bak and roaming.lock.bak.
  • Now restart your computer.


Step 4: Again enable windows spotlight

After restarting your computer, again you need to change the lock screen settings and set windows spotlight as a background.

  • Go to settings.
  • Select personalization and navigate to the lock screen.

how to fix windows spotlight images not changing

  • Now in the background drop-down menu choose windows spotlight from the three options.

Now you are done. you can check that its works or not by locking (windows + L) the screen. Also, remember that you must connect your pc to the internet. And it can take some time to change the effect. If this method, does not work for you then try the second method below.

Fix windows spotlight stuck on one picture using Powershell

Friends the above process is working for me. But if it's not working for you, Then you can try the second method. Where we use Powershell to fix windows spotlight not working. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Disable windows spotlight

  • First, you need to disable windows spotlight features. To do that open settings.
  • Select personalization and navigate to the lock screen.

how to fix windows spotlight images not changing

  • Now in the background drop-down menu select picture or slideshow.

Now we use Powershell to reset the spotlight settings.

Step 2: Resetting windows spotlight settings using PowerShell

  • Right-click on the WINDOWS logo in the taskbar and select Windows Powershell (Admin)

how to fix windows spotlight images not changing

  • Now copy the following command from below and paste to PowerShell windows then Press enter (↵).


  • After completing the process, Restart your computer.

After restart windows spotlight will work fine. But we disable it before. So enable it. Here's how.

  • Go to settings > Select personalization and navigate to the lock screen.

how to fix windows spotlight images not changing

  • In the background drop-down menu, you will find three options. Just select windows spotlight.

Now you are done. You can check by locking your windows. It can take some time to take effect. You must connect your laptop or pc to the internet.

FAQs on the windows spotlight problem

Below are some questions related to the windows spotlight images. Many people search on forums, search engines, and social media groups. So I added them to this article for my readers.

Q1. Where do windows spotlight images come from?

Friends when your pc or laptop is connected to the internet, then windows spotlight features download the wallpaper from the bing server. And set it to your lock screen. So that you will find new wallpaper from time to time. And it also makes a good user interface.

Q2. How do I enable Windows spotlight?

To enable windows spotlight, go to settings > personalization > Lock screen > Then select windows spotlight from the background menu from the right side.

Q3. How often do windows spotlight images change?

Generally, if your pc mostly connected to the internet then the windows spotlight changes within a day.

Final word

Friends I hope you successfully fix the windows spotlight not working issue by following this guide. If you face any problems or don't understand any steps, please comment below. You can contact me on our contact us page.

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