[Fixed] Windows Spotlight Not Changing Pictures On Dell Laptop


Fixed Windows spotlight not changing pictures on Dell laptop

Summary: This post will Fix Windows Spotlight issue- You may see that the windows lock screen is not changing the image as it should. Follow the fix from this post.

Let’s begin with the real user practical scenario!

Practical Experience: A User Encountering Problem With Windows 10 Spotlight Not Working Issue

Win 10 Spotlight not working
How to enable Spotlight? (i.e.; the pretty pictures that automatically change every time you log in that you can ‘like’ and ‘don’t like’).
Currently I have lock screen background set to “Picture”. I go to Settings -> Lock Screen. At ‘Background’ i select “Windows Spotlight”, but when I exit and then come back to check on it and it reverts back to “Picture”.  What else do I need to change?
Source: Dell Community

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Understanding Windows spotlight feature on Windows 10 for Dell system Users

Before we fix the Windows Spotlight lets learn something about Windows Spotlight.

What is Windows Spotlight?

Windows Spotlight is the Windows 10 default feature that downloads pictures from Bing and displays it on Windows 10 lock Screen- These are beautiful pictures from all around the world and Windows Spotlight image keeps on changing from time to time, this feature is operational only when your PC is connected to the internet.

How to enable Windows Spotlight in Windows 10 PC

Most of the time Windows Spotlight is always enabled but in case if it’s not enabled follow the below steps to enable Windows Spotlight.

Open Windows 10 Settings by pressing Windows logo key+ I on the keyboard or open settings from Start Menu as shown in Picture


Now click on Personalization


Now click on lock screen option as shown in pic


Now select Windows spotlight


This will enable Windows Spotlight on the Windows 10 lock screen.

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Troubleshooting in case Windows Spotlight does not work or does not change pictures

What if even after selecting Windows Spotlight it does not work and it does not display different pictures from time to time?

So, in order to fix Windows Spotlight, we will perform some troubleshooting to get this fixed.

Go to Windows 10 Settings by pressing Win+I  and go to Personalization > Lock Screen. Under the Background option, select Picture and set a Picture as default lock screen background.

Now first we have to unhide files and folder in the system

Open-File Explorer by clicking on the yellow folder on the taskbar – if you are not able to locate file explorer write file explorer in the search box and file explorer will pop up.

file explorer

Now click on the View tab and put a check mark on the hidden box as shown in the picture

Now visit the below path


You should be able to locate roaming.lock and settigns.dat files, delete both the file

This will Reset Windows Spotlight and now go back to Windows 10 settings and change lock screen personalization option from Picture” to “Windows Spotlight” as shown below.


If this does not work then you might have to register windows spotlight once again.

Open PowerShell as an administrator

Type PowerShell in the search box and run PowerShell as an administrator as shown below

 Powershell as an admin

Then enter the below path in windows PowerShell and hit enter

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager -allusers | foreach {Add-AppxPackage -register “$($_.InstallLocation)\appxmanifest.xml” -DisableDevelopmentMode}

Now check the lock screen by pressing Window logo key+ L on the keyboard it should have a new picture.


I hope this helped you to fix Windows Spotlight picture back on your Dell PC.

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