Windows Spotlight not working after Windows 10 21H2 update

Windows Spotlight not working

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 21H2 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 is 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.

Clear Spotlight assets

Resetting Stoplight settings

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

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.

Re-register Windows Spotlight

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

Type the following command and press enter to execute the same.

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

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, check the system files using the 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 the Windows spotlight working now? Let us know on comments below,

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