Find the Current Lock Screen Spotlight Wallpaper File Name in Windows 10/11

Windows 10/11 Spotlight wallpaper images that appear on the lock screen are stored deep inside the Local Application Data folder, under the Assets folder, as we’ve seen in the article, How to Backup Windows Spotlight Images.

We’ll see how to find the file name of the currently displayed Lock Screen (Windows Spotlight) image so that you don’t have to preview 50+ files in your Assets folder to locate a single wallpaper file.

Find the Current Spotlight Wallpaper File Name

Instructions for Windows 10 v1803 through v21H2 and Windows 11

To find the current lock screen image file in Windows 10/11, follow these steps:

  1. Find your user account SID by opening a Command Prompt window and running this command:
    whoami /user

    find account sid using whoami user command

  2. Note down the SID for your account.
  3. In the Registry Editor, go to the following key:
  4. Please select the appropriate SID subkey that corresponds to your user account, and double-click to expand it.
    Under your SID key, there may be more than one subkey underneath. Each subkey refers to a different wallpaper image file. The highest-numbered subkey, which is the last one, stores the file name of the currently used Windows Spotlight wallpaper in a value named landscapeImage. The other two or more subkeys contain references to recently used wallpaper images.
  5. Select the highest-numbered subkey or the last one listed.

    find current lock screen image creative windows 10 1803 1809 and higher
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  6. Double-click landscapeImage and copy the path. That’s your current lock screen wallpaper image file path.
  7. Right-click Start, click  Run, and type this:
    explorer /select, [filepath]

    Replace [filepath] with the actual Lock Screen image path you copied from the Registry Editor in step 6, and press ENTER

  8. That command opens the Assets folder with the current Windows Spotlight wallpaper file already selected.lock screen assets current image
  9. You can copy it to your Desktop or Pictures folder, add the .JPG extension and use it.
    lock screen assets current image

In Windows 10 versions 1803 & higher and Windows 11, the current lock screen wallpaper image is stored in string values (REG_SZ), namely landscapeImage and portraitImage, under the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Creative\<your SID>\<random-key-name>

In Windows 10 version 1709 and earlier, the lock screen image (Windows Spotlight) file name for the currently displayed landscape and portrait assets are stored in the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Lock Screen\Creative

For Windows 10 versions earlier than 1803

To find the current lock screen picture’s file and Path in Windows 10 v1803 and earlier, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and go to the registry path mentioned above.
    lock screen assets current image

    The value data for LandscapeAssetPath is what you need, if using a computer. PortraitAssetPath image applies to mobile devices. These two values hold the file name of the current Windows Spotlight wallpaper image.
  2. Double-click the LandscapeAssetPath value and copy the data to the clipboard.
  3. Right-click Start, click Run, and then type this:
    explorer /select, [filepath]

    Of course, replace [filepath] with the actual Lock Screen image path you copied from the Registry Editor, and press ENTER

    That command opens the Assets folder with the current Windows 10 Spotlight wallpaper file already selected. You can copy it to your Desktop or Pictures folder, add the .JPG extension and use it.

  4. Exit the Registry Editor.

Using Script to Find the Current Lock Screen Image File

To find and open the current lock screen (Windows Spotlight image) wallpaper, here is a VBScript.

For Windows 10 v1803 & higher and Windows 11

'File: find_curr_spotlight_wallpaper.vbs

'Find current lock screen wallpaper file in Windows 10
'For Windows 10 build 17134 (v1803) and higher.
'Created on 14-May '19 - (c) Ramesh Srinivasan
'Reviewed on 4-Nov '20

Option Explicit
Const HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE = &H80000002
Dim sWallPaper, oReg, strKeyPath, sCurWP
Dim arrSubKeys, subkey, GetOS, GetBuild

If InStr(LCase(GetOS), "windows 10") = 0 Then WScript.Quit
If CInt(GetBuild) < 17134 Then WScript.Quit Dim objFSO: Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") Dim WshShell : Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell") Dim strUser : strUser = CreateObject("WScript.Network").UserName Set oReg=GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & _ "." & "\root\default:StdRegProv") strKeyPath = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\" & _ "LogonUI\Creative\" + GetSID(strUser) oReg.EnumKey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath, arrSubKeys For Each subkey In arrSubKeys sWallPaper = subkey Next strKeyPath = strKeyPath & "\" & sWallPaper oReg.GetStringValue HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath, "landscapeImage", sCurWP If objFSO.FileExists(sCurWP) Then Dim sWPTarget sWPTarget = WshShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%userprofile%") & _ "\Desktop\lockscreen_wallpaper.jpg" objFSO.CopyFile sCurWP, sWPTarget, True WshShell.Run sWPTarget WScript.Sleep 1000 If MsgBox ("Locate wallpaper file in the Assets folder?", vbYesNo, "Find Wallpaper") = 6 Then "explorer.exe" & " /select," & sCurWP End If Else WScript.Echo("The wallpaper image does not exist on the disk!") WScript.Quit End If Function GetSID(UserName) Dim DomainName, Result, WMIUser If InStr(UserName, "\") > 0 Then
      DomainName = Mid(UserName, 1, InStr(UserName, "\") - 1)
      UserName = Mid(UserName, InStr(UserName, "\") + 1)
      DomainName = CreateObject("WScript.Network").UserDomain
   End If
   On Error Resume Next
   Set WMIUser = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationlevel=impersonate}!" _
   & "/root/cimv2:Win32_UserAccount.Domain='" & DomainName & "'" _
   & ",Name='" & UserName & "'")
   If Err.Number = 0 Then
      Result = WMIUser.SID
      Result = ""
      WScript.Echo "Can't determine the SID. Quitting.."
   End If
   On Error GoTo 0
   GetSID = Result
End Function

Function GetVersion()
   Dim objWMIService, colOSes, objOS
   Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
   & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & "." & "\root\cimv2")
   Set colOSes = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_OperatingSystem")
   For Each objOS In colOSes
      GetOS =  objOS.Caption
      GetBuild = objOS.BuildNumber
End Function

For Windows 10 v1709 and earlier

'File: find_curr_spotlight_wallpaper_old.vbs

'Finds current lock screen wallpaper file, copies it to Pictures folder and previews it.
'Ramesh Srinivasan,
'Created on 1 Sep, '16
'For Windows 10 v1709 and earlier
Dim WshShell: Set WshShell = Createobject("Wscript.Shell")
Dim objFSO: Set objFSO = Createobject("Scripting.Filesystemobject")
On error resume next
sCurrLSI = WshShell.RegRead ("HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Lock Screen\Creative\LandscapeAssetPath")
On error goto 0
sDstFL = WshShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings( "%USERPROFILE%" )
sDstFL = sDstFl & "\Pictures\" & objFSO.GetFileName(sCurrLSI) & ".jpg"
if objFSO.FileExists(sCurrLSI) then
	objFSO.copyfile sCurrLSI, sDstFL
	WshShell.Run sDstFL
	Msgbox "Lock Screen image file doesn't exist in the specified location."
end if

Script Download links:

The script does the following things:

  1. Finds the current lock screen image wallpaper file from the registry.
  2. Copies current lock screen wallpaper file to Pictures folder and adds a .jpg extension.
  3. Previews the wallpaper using your default image viewer.
  4. Opens File Explorer and selects the current wallpaper image file.

I hope the above methods to find the current Windows 10 lock screen (Windows Spotlight) wallpaper image were useful. Let’s know your comments.

(This article was last reviewed on July 30, 2022. The methods are verified to work on Windows 10 v21H2 and Windows 11 v21H2.)

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

16 thoughts on “Find the Current Lock Screen Spotlight Wallpaper File Name in Windows 10/11”

  1. Apparently, the Lock Registry has moved or no longer exists.
    I see the following:

    Lock Screen
    Feed Manager

    The vbs script returns “Lock Screen image file doesn’t exist in the …”

  2. i don’t know anything about wallpaper, how to do anything about choosing pictures or any way to make the selections come on my lap-top or put an easy to remeber app to put on my google sherch bar.

  3. Hello,
    At least half the time, when I boot my (uptodate) Win 10 laptop, the text in the upper right corner of the screen concerning the location where the photo was made is missing. Is there a fix for *that*. That would be so preferable to this very involved procedure you describe here for locating the current photo.
    Thanks very much,

  4. Excellent page – great share. Appreciated the work for detailing how to find lock screen images manually and by script. Good job.


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