Windows Spotlight does not work and stuck on the same image

Windows Spotlight in Windows 10 brings to you some amazing wallpapers for the lock screen. It stores the downloaded images in the Assets folder. It automatically rotates the lock screen wallpaper from the store folder at specified intervals.

In some systems, the Windows Spotlight feature does not work and the lock screen image may get stuck on the same image for weeks or months altogether. This article tells you how to reset Windows Spotlight configuration and make the feature work correctly.

Windows Spotlight does not work and stuck on the same image

First, make sure that your internet connection is not set as Metered. On metered connections, Windows 10’s Spotlight feature stops fetching new images as a data saving measure.

If your connection is not set as a metered connection and yet the problem occurs, then see if resetting the Windows Spotlight helps.

Reset Windows Spotlight

  1. Click Start → Settings → Personalization → Lock screen
  2. In the Background drop-down, select Picture or Slideshow option
    Windows Spotlight does not work and stuck on the same image
  3. Open the following folder:
    C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings
  4. Rename the file settings.dat to settings.dat.old
  5. Rename the file roaming.lock to roaming.lock.old
    Windows Spotlight does not work and stuck on the same image
  6. Now, switch to your Personalize Settings page and set the lock screen option back to Windows spotlight

In a few minutes, new configuration files are generated for Windows Spotlight and a new set of images are fetched into the Assets folder. Once done, you’ll see a preview of the current lock screen wallpaper in the Lock Screen settings page.

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Reinstall Content Delivery Manager

If the above steps don’t work, then reinstall the Content Delivery Manager app package using PowerShell. Content Delivery Manager is responsible for Windows Spotlight, app suggestions, silent installs of advertised apps, and perhaps other features that Microsoft hasn’t documented.

  • Start PowerShell as administrator, and run the following command:
    Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager | foreach {Add-AppxPackage "$($_.InstallLocation)\appxmanifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode -register }

    Windows Spotlight does not work and stuck on the same image

Enable Background apps

Some users have observed that disabling the background apps also stops the Windows Spotlight feature from working. See if enabling background apps (especially the Settings app) fixes the problem.

  1. Click Start → Settings → Privacy → Background Apps
  2. Switch on the setting Let apps run in the background
  3. In the “Choose which apps can run in the background” list, make sure that toggle switch for the Settings app is enabled.
    Windows Spotlight does not work and stuck on the same image

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That should fix Windows Spotlight problems and thereby your lock screen wallpaper should rotate automatically at regular intervals.


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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

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