Windows Spotlight not working after Windows 10 1903 update

Windows Spotlight feature included with Windows 10 that uses Bing to automatically download and set new background images on the Lock screen, to keep your experience fresh every time you sign in. This feature is dependent on the Internet connection and without it, you won’t be able to get yourself that special scenery. But some of the users report Windows Spotlight has suddenly stopped working after Windows 10 1903 Upgrade. Windows Spotlight is broken or stuck on the same image. Unfortunately, Windows 10 doesn’t include an option to reset this feature. However, it’s possible to fix the Windows Spotlight settings with this simple workaround.

Windows Spotlight not working

There may be plenty of reasons, why your Windows 10 machine is not fetching new wallpaper from Bing. If you are facing this issue, Windows Spotlight not working, lock screen won’t change. Resetting Windows Spotlight settings & preferences most probably fix the problem for you.

Reset Windows Spotlight on Windows 10

If windows spotlight information not showing lock screen won’t change images on windows 10. Here Fallow simple workaround to clear the downloaded images and reset the settings to get the Windows Spotlight feature working again.

Disable Windows spotlight

  1. Open Settings, using keyboard shortcut Windows + I
  2. Click on Personalization, then Lock screen.
  3. Use the “Background” drop-down menu, and select the Picture or Slideshow

Disable Windows 10 spotlight

Clear Spotlight assets

  • Open File Explorer (Windows + E), switch to the View tab, checkmark on Hiden items
  • Now Press Windows + R, type the following path and click ok
  • %USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets.
  • This will opens up at the location where all Windows Spotlight images are saved.
  • Go to the Assets folder and then press Ctrl + A to select all files. Now delete them, And close everything.

Clear Spotlight assets

Resetting Stoplight settings

  1. Now press Windows + R, type following path then press ok button.
  2. %USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings
  3. Here look for file named settings.dat and roaming.lock Rename them as settings.dat.bak and roaming.lock.bak.

Resetting Stoplight settings

Enable Windows spotlight

  1. Now again Open Settings, using the keyboard shortcut Windows + I
  2. Click on Personalization, then Lock screen.
  3. Use the “Background” drop-down menu, and select the Windows Spotlight option.
  4. Restart windows and check the problem resolved now.

Enable Windows spotlight

Re-register Windows Spotlight

If the above option failed to fix the problem, Then open Powershell as admin.

Type following command and press enter to execute the same.

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

re-register windows 10 apps using powershell

After completely execute the command restart your PC.

Windows Spotlight must start working now by showing a new picture on the lock screen.

Disable Proxy settings

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the search bar. Search for “proxy” in it.
  2. Press the option of “LAN settings” present at the end of the window.
  3. Uncheck the option “Use a proxy server for your LAN” and then press OK to save the changes.
  4. Now finally check if your issue is solved or not

Run System file checker

If the issue still persists try to check the system files using SFC utility that scans all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions.

  1. Open Command Prompt as administrator
  2. In the command prompt, type sfc /scannow and hit Enter.
  3. Let 100% complete the scanning process
  4. Exit command prompt and restart windows.

Is Windows spotlight working now? Let us know on comments below,

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3 Replies to “Windows Spotlight not working after Windows 10 1903 update”

  1. Hello,

    I have try all above solutions. Spotlight is not working. I have always tha latest updates.

  2. I have tried all methods I could find to make this working again to no avail. It stopped working around mid summer.
    I’ve had Microsoft try to help me, but that didn’t work either.
    I’ve even done two in-place reinstalls, first one of my own, the second on request by the microsoft engineer trying to assist.
    It appears that this stopped working for all colleagues at work after some update roughly at the same time.
    I’ve been playing with installing win 10 in a virtualbox vm and doing updates, and the last one I did, where I started of with 1809 and applied all patches and then updated to 1903 and applied all patches seems to work ok, although I’ve had the same issue with some other VM:s.
    What furiates me is that this thing appears impossible to debug. When I asked the Microsoft support eng they suggested that we were doing debugging. What we were doing was trying a lot of fixes, not debugging. Debugging in my book is when we figure out why it is not working and then fix the problem, not just applying random “fixes”

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